Skilled metalworkers with a Long Bennington company played a vital role in the success of a special garedn designed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
Craftsmen at Bennington Metal Furniture, in Moor Lane, created the structures to the silver gilt medal-winning acoustic garden Together We Can.
The garden was designed by Peter Eustance, of Grimsthorpe, for the leading disability charity Papworth Trust, which worked with world famous solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie on the project.
Bennington staff, whose carriages and metal furniture are renown for innovative design and quality, worked to created the structures that helped transform the garden into a musical instrument.
It was set against a backdrop of natural woodland copse, interwoven with features that evoke the equipment of a recording studio.
Wendy Palfrey, a director at Bennington Metal Furniture, which employs 12 staff, said: “We are delighted for everyone involved with the success of this project. It was wonderrful to have been part of something like this.
She added: “It is a tremendous achievement to have a won a silver gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Helen Fairhurst, the trust’s senior marketing manager, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded a Silver Gilt and hope it helps us achieve our aim of helping to change society and show that everyone should have the same opportunities so they can achieve their ambitions.
“The garden attracted lots of attention and we hope even if we change the perception of disability of some of the 160,000 show visitors we will have achieved what we set out to do.”
Dame Evelyn Glennie said: “Winning silver gilt is fantastic news.”
“I feel so proud and humbled to have been part of such an inspiring project.”
This is the first time that the Chelsea Flower Show has hosted an acoustic garden, which is aimed to taking a sensory and accessible outdoor space to a new level.
It is hoped the project will act as a legacy for disabled people and gardeners.