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Hosta Consulting Lead Designer, Ed Higgins, has been successful in his entry to the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition 2018, a contest which shines a spotligtht on emerging talent. Ed's garden titled Finding (Urban) Nature will be shown at RHS Tatton 2018, along with four other 'Young Garden Designer of the Year' finalists. For this year’s show, each of the five finalist designers had to create a garden highlighting the benefits that plants and gardening have on health and wellbeing.

Finding [urban] Nature (F[u]N) celebrates the hidden charm of wasteland sites, daring visitors to see them as important urban spaces for wildlife and recognise them as valuable assets that can help improve mental health and wellbeing and build a sense of community. 

Inspired by a wasteland site which was once a delight of flowers in summer - and now a car park - as well as a childhood of building dens, this garden shows how a little joy can be brought to unloved, but valuable derelict spaces. The garden makes use of reclaimed materials including brownfield substrate, consisting of crush brick, concrete, and the occasional toilet. F[u]N focuses on a central scaffold pavilion, the social heart of the scheme and a playful space which features swings and art by a Nottingham-based illustrator.

The planting features Buddleja, the mainstay of many railway sidings and an important food source for many pollinators, as well as more unfamiliar species found on wasteland sites.

Congratulations Ed! 

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