Creating a force for good

Creating a force for good

Horticulture college and military veterans join forces to create an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show exhibit.

Sparsholt College continues its RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal-winning run with news of a Gold medal and Best Discovery Exhibit at this year’s show. The college and its 2018 partner Help for Heroes’ The Force for Good garden was designed and created by horticulture students and military veterans to tell the powerful story of the role horticulture plays in the recovery and ongoing support of injured British Armed Forces personnel and their families.

Sparsholt student and Head of Plants for The Force for Good garden, Lucy Phalp (pictured above, left) was thrilled when she heard the news that the team had won two top accolades from the RHS. She said: “Exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve never been to the show before and to be here for the first time with a double-award-winning stand is just fantastic.”


The garden engages all of its visitors’ senses, using relevant sound tracks in each section. White noise conveys chaos and confusion, natural sounds give a sense of nature and the outdoors and a symphonic piece of music, composed especially for Help for Heroes, provides the backdrop to peace, calm and relaxation.


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