National Trust garden collection to launch at Chelsea Flower Show

Nine British companies have come together to form the National Trust Garden Collection, offering a range of gardening items, from summer houses to spades.

The National Trust collection – which includes products from Alitex Greenhouses, Crane Sheds, Gaze Burvill outdoor furniture, Oak Leaf Gates, Scotts of Thrapston Summerhouses and Westminster Stone - will be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

The exhibition stand, which will also feature National Trust plants, has been designed by Louise Harries, graduate of the London College of Garden Design, who won a competition to design and build the stand.

On winning the National Trust Garden Collection stand competition, Harries said: "To create a garden space showcasing the best in British design and craftsmanship for the National Trust at the Chelsea Flower Show - a great British institution - is a dream project for me. I'm thrilled to be a part of the team."

Each item in the garden collection takes inspiration from the gardens, buildings, collections and land in the National Trust’s care and all are produced using traditional crafts and techniques.

Examples include Scotts of Thrapston Summerhouses who base its licensed designs on outdoor structures cared for by the Trust, including the converted garden building used by George Bernard Shaw to create many of his books; and Gaze Burvill who concentrate on traditional wood crafts seen at many National Trust places to design and produce garden furniture.

 National Trust brand licensing manager Phillippa Green said:

"We are delighted to be working with such an amazing group of companies who share our passion for the National Trust and its principles and who are working collaboratively in order to support the charity so effectively."

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