A Homecoming Prayer wins Best in Show at Harrogate - full winner list

A memorial garden for an army regiment returning home from being stationed abroad has won Best in Show at the 2017 Harrogate Flower Show.

The winning A Homecoming Prayer design. Image: BALI
The winning A Homecoming Prayer design. Image: BALI

The Japanese-themed garden, A Homecoming Prayer, was designed by Northumbrian Landscaping owner Peter Cunliffe, built by his company for client the 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps and sponsored by BALI. It will now go on to form part of a larger memorial space at the Regiment’s new base at Dishforth in North Yorkshire.

BALI affiliate members supported the memorial garden by providing hard and soft landscaping materials. Green-tech, Johnsons of Whixley, Lindum Turf and The Resin Mill all provided materials at significantly reduced costs to help bring the garden to life.

BALI was also joined by main sponsor Hesco and worked with Help for Heroes to support the garden from conception through to build. 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps was formed in 1993 and has deployed on operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Cyprus. It has approximately 550 personnel from around 27 nations based at Dishforth, North Yorkshire and has recently returned from being stationed in Germany.

Veterans supported by Help for Heroes as part of their recovery and servicemen from the 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps helped the garden build at Harrogate and also laid out the foundations for the memorial garden site at Dishforth Airfield.

Cunliffe said: "This garden is incredibly special to me and the team. It not only helps showcase unique products and materials within a professional show garden environment, but it also provides a truly reflective space for the regiment and their families to utilise once the garden is relocated back to Dishforth, to aid personnel in their recovery by providing a haven that affords relaxation and calm."

Cunliffe and Northumbrian Landscaping also won Premier Gold and Best in Show at Harrogate Spring Flower Show last year for the ‘Tea for Two’ show garden

Three other show gardens won Gold this year: Alistair W Baldwin Associates with Colour Your Garden – A Spring Tapestry, Out of Yorkshire from Austin’s Gardens, and A Fresh Start from Paxman Landscapes. 

2017 Spring Show – Full list of show garden winners 


SG1 A homecoming prayer – 6th Regiment Logistics Corps, Dishforth

The biggest show garden ever featured at Harrogate Flower Shows, this is a collaborative effort to create a Japanese-style memorial space for the 6th Regiment Logistics Corps, who recently returned to the UK from Germany. GOLD

SG3 Colour your garden, a spring tapestry – Alistair W Baldwin Associates, Thirsk

Vivid spring colours combine with subtle hues of the season, overlaid on a contemporary grid layout.  The soft textures of grasses, ferns and perennials contrast with clipped blocks of yew and box. GOLD

SG5 There’s water under the bridge – HMP Kirklevington Grange, Yarm

Rich in the symbolism of reflection, reform and forgiveness, this garden has been created with a series of feature elements, each with its own special message from the ‘Artyculturals’ of HMP Kirklevington Grange. BRONZE

SG6 Life stages – Askham Bryan College, York

This garden is based around three circular elements depicting the stages of life, childhood, adulthood and the later years. It is a place of quiet contemplation with a free-flowing design to represent life’s ups and downs. SILVER

SG7 Out of Yorkshire – Austin’s Gardens, Leeds

Demonstrating how a garden can grow from its surrounding landscape, this design uses native and naturalised planting to reflect the Yorkshire landscape in spring, with two large silver birch trees for structure, underplanted with a carpet of wildflowers. GOLD

SG9 A fresh start: The year of greenery – Paxman Landscapes UK Ltd, Huddersfield

This garden reflects and embraces a truly fresh start for 2017, focussing on the pantone of the year, Greenery, and encompassing the beauty of outdoor living and the natural environment. GOLD



SG2 The wonders of the brain – Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, Leeds

Celebrating the amazing architecture and wonders of the brain, this garden reflects the four main brain functions and aims to highlight the work of the YBRC in helping to preserve the health and vitality of the brain through research. SILVER GILT

SG4 If you go down to the woods - Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough

Capturing the vision for a community woodland plot, this garden hosts a wealth of interest and life. Meandering stepping stones lead you to a giant spider web, then further along you will find a wildlife pond and Victorian-style fern stumpery. BRONZE

SG8 A little bit of magic – Horticap, Harrogate

After their success with the Wallace and Gromit theme last spring, Horticap are sprinkling a little magic on this year’s design. Inspired by the popular children’s programme ‘The Magic Roundabout’ there are some larger than life characters! SILVER.

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