Landscaping company West Pinchbeck wins national award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live


A West Pinchbeck landscaping company is one of four shortlisted for a national award at this summer’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live special outdoor edition.

Each year, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) challenges landscapers to submit designs for a themed garden, with the award for best show garden.

Responding to the theme ‘A Very British Affair’, the Gunns & Roses, Dozens Bank team designed a space inspired by British manufacturing and Brutalist architecture.

The Gunns & Roses design

Celebrating the beauty of the buildings, the garden balances large concrete blocks with delicate plantings and herbs, working with a wild palette of green and white.

Each competition garden must have a maximum area of ​​50 square meters, to accommodate modern homes and people who require low-maintenance gardens.

The design of Gunns & Roses aims to highlight how careful planting choices, good design and quality construction can change the perception of beauty in a garden.

The Show Garden review panel will include multi-award-winning designer Paul Stone and 30-year veteran and president Mark Gregory of RHS Chelsea, alongside Steven Smith and Robert Hillier.

The jury will decide who wins the prize for the best exhibition garden at APL Avenue, while a public vote will choose the “Visitors’ favorite” prize.

Hugh Gunn, Director of Gunns & Roses, said: “There is so much inspiration to be drawn from Britain, and we took our time before planning our build.

“Our manufacturing industry is renowned the world over, and we wanted to celebrate that and show how beautiful it can be. BBC Gardeners’ World Live is a huge event, and being able to build a garden is an amazing platform for us.

“We will do everything we can to impress the reviewers and the audience, and I hope we bring the award back to Spalding.”

Bob Sweet, Horticultural Director of BBC Gardeners’ World Live, said: “Gunns & Roses submitted a really inspiring design.

“We know that the garden will resonate with visitors, who will return home inundated with ideas to try. It’s a tough build with a complex planting that fits the brief perfectly. I can’t wait to see the finished garden.

The Gunns & Roses garden will be on display during this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live special edition, which takes place Thursday August 26 through Sunday August 29 at Birmingham NEC. Visitors can see competitor’s show gardens, get advice from experts on green-fingered royalty such as Monty Don, Adam Frost and Carol Klein, and discover beautiful, vibrant borders filled with inspiration for their own gardens.

Visitors to the show can also enjoy a selection of handpicked artisan food and a taste of summer from the BBC Good Food open-air market.

For more details on the Gunns & Roses design, details on all other show gardens, to see the expert roster and to purchase tickets, visit


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