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Adults with learning disabilities win Gold at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

News release: 10/7/18 - A community group of adults with learning disabilities from Hillingdon have won a Gold Medal at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

A community group of adults with learning disabilities from Hillingdon have won a Gold Medal at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The group developed their horticultural skills at the Rural Activities Garden Centre in Hillingdon through a unique scheme run by Hillingdon Council, which provides educational and employment opportunities for adults with additional needs.
The scheme encourages local residents with disabilities to work together as a team and learn valuable new skills through gardening, whilst increasing their independence and confidence.

John Wood, aged 30 from Hillingdon, has learning disabilities and helped create the garden display for the show. He said: "It's really good news. It's our first time gold. The garden looks really nice. I helped put in the soil and I planted some of the plants. I think ours is the best garden in the show!"

This is the first year that the community group, which includes council staff and volunteers, has entered a display in the prestigious competition. Its Urban Woodland Wonder display reflects the community work of the Rural Activities Garden Centre, promoting diversity and strength through its choice of plants and an oak tree log.

Royal Horticultural Society judges declared the group's first time efforts in the Community Exhibition category as "close to perfection" and "as good as any of the professional show gardens".

RAGC team on stand The award-winning design also demonstrates how woodland and rural wildlife habitats can be built in urban environments. It features a ceramic stag beetle, an endangered species, and encourages visitors to create similar gardens at home to help local wildlife to thrive.

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services said: "We are absolutely delighted that the Rural Activities Garden Centre has won Gold at the Hampton Court Flower Show! It's a truly fantastic achievement and we are incredibly proud of the whole team. Our centre in Hillingdon is a wonderful community asset that not only helps adults with learning disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem through gardening, but it also helps to break down barriers within our society."  

The garden centre is a not-for-profit facility and all the plants displayed at the Hampton Court Flower Show will be on sale afterwards.  


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