Army Garden gets gold at Harrogate

After 10 days of hard work, a Yorkshire based regiment is has won the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ for their show garden entry at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (6RLC), who moved from Germany to Dishforth, North Yorkshire last year, have entered the Harrogate Spring Flower Show and their garden was today awarded a ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ . It is the biggest garden ever entered at the show and has been something of a crowd pleaser at this years event.

Another draw for the crowd was The Dishforth Military Wives Choir who were invited to sing in the garden during the first day and provided a poignant reminder of the larger armed forces community connected to the garden.

The garden is part of a wider project to build a memorial garden on the Dishforth camp to provide a regimental focus during ceremonial occasions and provide a reflective space for those who currently serve and their families. The larger project incorporates a space for individual memorials brought back from Germany in remembrance of individuals who have died whilst serving the regiment.

The regiment commissioned Peter Cunliffe and his team at Northumbrian Landscaping to design the garden, which has a Japanese garden feel, evoking a sense of simplicity and peace. Together with members of 6RLC and Help for Heroes (H4H) they have created the garden in Harrogate, which after the show, will be re-purposed at the Dishforth camp.

The whole project is likely to cost £30,000. 6RLC has been able to secure £17000 and therefore requires a further £13,000 to see the project through to conclusion.

The regiment has been keen to engage the wider community and linked to the show garden,  has created an inventive competition called Boot Camp. 650 children from the local schools have been invited to up-cycle old army boots – the boots will be on show at the RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show in June. The RHS has been involved in providing free workshops for the schools and service families, teaching, and stirring the imaginations to brighten up the camp and family accommodation.

Once re-located to Dishforth it is hoped the local schools, the service community and Help for Heroes will support and partner with the regiment in the going maintenance of the garden as part of the H4H rolling rehabilitation program.

Lt Colonel Tim Crossland: Commanding Officer, 6RLC
‘We are delighted to have won the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’. The troops and our partners have created something which will positively impact the soldiers and the families of 6RLC for years to come. Whilst not a traditional area of excellence for the regiment, it has been both a great opportunity for the soldiers to gain new experiences and skills as well as providing a potential model for other army units to replicate, ’

Brett Squires: British Army Veteran.
“I don’t know anything about gardening but it keeps me occupied, out in the fresh air and in a quiet environment. But it’s not just any old gardening – it’s a memorial garden.”

Faith Douglas: Help for Heroes
‘We are delighted to have had the opportunity to support 6RLC with their memorial garden at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. The past 10 days have seen a great mix of people coming together to learn new skills, build relationships and be creative. The finished garden is a real tribute to the hard work from all those involved and I can’t wait to see it in place at Dishforth. The ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ is very well deserved. ’

Peter Cunliffe: Director, Northumbrian Landscaping
‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped with the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’  award achieved in creating Harrogate’s largest ever show garden. It’s success has in no small part been due to the willingness and enthusiasm of the whole team, and their ability to adapt to new skills rapidly within a pressured environment. It has truly been a privilege to be part of this and to work with you all.
We now look forward to the rebuild of the garden within Dishforth and the continuation of the larger memorial project’