Love the Plot goes on the road

Love the Plot You've Got roadshow will be providing inspiration on getting the best out of your outdoor space for a second yearat CarFest North which takes place at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire on 29 - 31 July.

The roadshow, put together by the industry wide Garden Industry Marketing Board (GIMB), aims to get people, particularly non-gardeners, thinking about different ways in which to use their outdoor space and encouraging them to visit their local garden centre for more information and inspiration. 

This year the inspiring Love the Plot You’ve Got Roadshow gardens have been designed by campaign ambassador Chris Collins, supported by Association of Professional Landscapers member Beesley Landscapes with further products being supplied by Pile Height, Mr. Fothergill’s, Scotts Miracle-Gro and EcoScape. 


All plants and props for the gardens are being supplied by Bents Garden and Home who, at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, won best show feature last week.


The four gardens will focus on the following themes:


•              The Wildlife Garden which will show how to make your outdoor space to animals, insects and birds.  Features will include wildflower turf, bug hotels, bee houses and bird boxes.

•              The Children’s Garden which will appeal to the youngest green-fingered ones and will include sensory pots, seating, a potting bench and a wormery.

•              The Grow Your Own Garden combines vegetables and edible flowers into a great looking plot that provides tasty, nutritious things to eat, that’s lovely to look at, even when space is limited.

•              The Al Fresco Garden shows how our outdoor space can be turned into an entertaining paradise with bistro sets, decking, lighting, barbecue and a chimnea.


The roadshow will also be featuring at CarFest South on August 26 – 28 at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire.


The roadshows are part of the three-year Love the Plot You’ve Got Campaign which has been created following research into consumer perceptions about their desires for their outdoor living spaces, especially among the key 30-45-year-old age group.  Highlights of the 2016 campaign have involved RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, Al Fresco Fortnight in June and a new social media programme.

Forest Garden supplied 15 of their 6’x4’ Apex overlap sheds for teams of families to decorate in their own styles, for a show Shedfest cmpetition. The finalists were announced by Strictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe and Joanna Clifton - with the winner, Oscar’s Survival Shack - being announced on stage by Chris Evans himself.

Forest sales and marketing director John Gomersall said: "CarFest has been great for us not only in terms of being able to showcase our sheds to hundreds of shed fanatics and their families, but also in supporting a festival that is raising awareness and funds for Children in Need."

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