After two weeks of hard work constructing with Thomas Bow City Asphalt, our first ever RHS show garden has won Best Back-to-Back Garden and has been awarded a Gold Medal! The garden, entitled “A drop of urban green” represents what can be achieved in unused and unloved pockets of space in towns and cities across the world.

The judges thought the design was strong conceptually, which maximised the 6m x 4m space to create a peaceful environment. Although the garden featured a large material palette, the planting and patina of time such as the rusting texture of the sheet piling brought the whole garden together. The specially commissioned poem by Ben Norris enhanced this experience and complemented the garden perfectly.

Research has found that pocket parks and green infrastructure are hugely important for cities. They provide green corridors for biodiversity and help to cool and improve the air quality. Any green spaces that use rain positively help to mitigate some of the localised flooding events that are becoming increasingly common in the built environment due to climate change. We took our inspiration from this to create “A drop of urban green” at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The award winning garden will now be relocated to Nottingham, to transform a space for the residents of Nottingham City Homes.

Ed Higgins, the garden’s designer, said: “We are delighted to have won both Best Back-to-Back garden and a Gold Medal. It was completely unexpected as this is our first ever time exhibiting at a flower show! We love the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain mission, and hope our pocket park represents a fine example of doing so, especially as the garden is continuing its journey onto Nottingham to further green our city.”

We all agree it would not have been possible without the support of Nottingham City Homes, and the hard work and commitment from Thomas Bow. Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: "Hosta has been an excellent partner for Nottingham City Homes, they have introduced flair and creativity, helping us to improve open spaces across our estates.  I am not at all surprised how well Hosta did at the RHS Tatton Park Show this week and I'm delighted for them. We'll be very proud to welcome their urban oasis back to the city as a permanent tribute to their success."

We’d also like to thank Metsa Wood for supplying timber used in the garden, and GeeCee Joinery for creating our Poetry boards.

Check out the garden on the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park/Gardens/2016/a-drop-of-urban-green