Award-winning water wheel wends its way from Chelsea to Leeds

Parks and countryside staff who created a gold-medal winning garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year have recreated the design in Leeds.

Staff at Leeds City Council unveiled the Hesco Garden in its new permanent home of Roundhay Park last week. The theme of the garden is the power of water, its role in the industrial revolution and its potential as a renewable-energy resource.

The centrepiece is a traditional Yorkshire mill with a 3m-tall wheel pumping water around a garden that contains rockwork, trees and water-loving ferns. The relocation was funded by the garden’s sponsor HESCO Bastion, which makes barriers.

Other supporters included the local friends’ group and the Caird Bardon Community Programme, which awards grants to community projects. The Hesco Garden 2011 was the third Chelsea entry sponsored by the company.

It sits alongside previous council entries at Chelsea, and is next to the Hesco Garden 2010. The latter made history by becoming the first ever local authority-produced garden to win a gold medal in the outdoor show garden category, according to the council.

Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield said: "This is another stunning design and together with the previous Chelsea gardens, now on display together, it really does make this area of the park an outstanding visitor attraction in its own right."

A spokeswoman for HESCO Bastion Limited said: "Working with the Leeds City Council team on three gardens was a pleasure and to see their creativity and hard work deliver stunning designs that achieved such fantastic success was a delight."

Of the nine Chelsea gardens produced by Leeds City Council, seven can now be visited at sites in the city, including four in Roundhay Park.


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