Chance for budding gardeners to transform Engine Yard
Local gardening enthusiasts will have the opportunity to show off their creative skills and promote their business at a brand new unique retail destination.
The Engine Yard, a collection of historic buildings by the entrance to Belvoir Castle, has been developed into an engaging and contemporary social space for food, drink and retail therapy, including a large garden area to the rear, that the Duchess of Rutland hopes will appeal to local gardeners and gardening enthusiasts.
The Duchess said: "We have a space for garden designers to take on and show their expertise, abilities and promote their business at the Engine Yard. There is a large garden area to the rear of the rural retail village for five individuals to plan and promote a show garden each.
"It is hoped that they will be able to transform the area into a collection of herbaceous gardens that are beautiful all year round, with foxgloves, delphiniums, roses and any other personal favourites.
"There will be a pathway through the gardens so visitors to the Engine Yard can come and see.
"Each person will be responsible for their area, to promote their landscaping business or even just an exciting hobby.
"For a Chelsea show garden styler, there will also be our gyspy caravan on site which will be used for holistic remedies."
The Engine Yard is due to open shortly following a £2.4 million investment.
It will host a number of local businesses, luxury retail brands and food producers, as well as a restaurant and spa.
Created from a cluster of 19th century buildings originally used to house maintenance workshops servicing the castle and other properties on the 15,000 acre Belvoir Estate, the Engine Yard's historic buildings have been sensitively converted into 12,000 square feet of retail space.
It will champion local businesses and great British brands to create a vibrant community hub.
The Duchess added: "The Engine Yard was once used by skilled craftsmen to create furniture, doors and windows for the castle and we wanted the new development to reflect the same ethos, with talented entrepreneurs showcasing their artisan products.
"We have created a true centre of excellence. Our aim was always to turn these once-dilapidated buildings into an area to be enjoyed by the local community and showcase the very best the region has to offer."
The venue will host a number of events throughout the year, including summer barbecues, cookery demonstrations, farmers' markets, foodie talks, craft fairs and activity experiences for children.
For more information on applying for one of the show gardens, send an introductory email to Charlotte on firstname.lastname@example.org