'Memories of Service' RAF100 Centenary Garden RHS Malvern 2018.
We are excited that our show garden 'Memories of Service' has been selected by the Royal Horticultural Society for this years RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018.
The show garden will be a celebration of the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1918. In addition the garden will commemorate the ending of the First World War one hundred years ago.
The show garden will feature references to the heritage of the RAF but will also look to the future. It will also serve as a memorial to those from the three counties Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire who have and continue to serve in the RAF and the legacy, history and associations with the RAF.
We are extremely honoured and excited that the Three Counties Agricultural Society have elected for the garden to remain in-situ at the Three Counties show ground as a permanent memorial garden to those who have served and continue to serve in the RAF.
About the Garden
The garden 'Memories of Service' is informed by garden's designer Martyn Wilson and his own and four generations of his families service in the RAF. But also by the comradeship, friendship and memories that means so much to all who have served in the RAF.
The garden is entered by steel gates that will be laser cut with the words RAF100 to commemorate this significant milestone in the RAF’s proud history.
Surrounded on four sides by hedging two sides will include six inset Corten steel panels, laser cut with different periods reflecting the RAF’s proud history whilst also looking to the future.
The garden is crossed by four elliptical pathways which are informed by the shape of a four bladed propeller. The pathways arrive at a rounded central seating area, a space for reflection and discussion which will feature a central sculpture formed from aircraft parts.
A mixture of topiary shaped balls will be a reference to radar and the so called ‘Golf Balls” at RAF Fylingdales and nearby at the former RAF Defford, Worcesterhsire a home of early radar research.
Linear strips of hedging evoke the vapour trails that cross the sky.
White barked Birch trees to reflect peace whilst also referencing the birch ply of early aviation and air frames.
Perennial planting will reflect the ‘colours’ of the RAF dress and tie but also evoke the billowing nature of clouds and vapour trails.
Show Garden support
Wilson Associates Garden Design are working very hard to secure sponsorship and in-kind support and collaboration to help create this fitting tribute to the RAF.
But we do need your support to help us make this happen.
No matter how large or small all pledges will be very much appreciated by the whole team. We are offering great opportunities to become involved wi the garden through your pledge.
So, if you, your family, business, group or organisation would like to support this garden then please visit our Crowd Funding page. Thank you.
We are very grateful for the support of the following businesses
Martyn Wilson and the RAF
Martyn Wilson is a multi-award winning garden designer based in Worcester most recently winning a coveted gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
He started his show garden career by designing and building his first show garden to support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in 2014 winning an RHS silver medal.
Martyn joined the RAF in 1988 as a Supplier with tours at RAF Brize Norton, RAF Bruggen (Germany), RAF Odiham and detachments to the Royal Tournament, London and on NATO peacekeeping to Palermo, Sicily.
Martyn is one of four generations of his family who have served in the RAF including his grandfather and father.
His brother and sister-in-law are both currently serving and are stationed at RAF Brize Norton.
So as you might imagine these celebrations are of great personal significance to Martyn, his family, friends and former colleagues.