Britons gain gold medal in Japan

British team win only gold medal at Japan Garden Fair - the first time non-Japanese are invited to take part

A Tokyo-based British team has become the only gold medal winner at the Japan Garden Fair. It was the first year that non-Japanese teams have been invited to take part. The winning garden in the small garden contest, from horticulturist Mark Chapman and draughtsman Nick Lenaghan, consists of a wooden arch set around an original English Tudor-style door, small borders planted for year-round interest, a water feature, containers for seasonal interest and night lighting. The pair set up their Japanese business to help UK companies develop business relationships in the country. The door and glassfibre containers were sent from the UK by air just before the show. Chapman said: “The containers had lots of interest and I hope they continue to build on this success. “Gardening, as we know it, is in its infancy in Japan, so I suppose that’s one of the interesting things that keeps me here. I love a challenge and the weather, small spaces and Japanese language certainly give me that.”

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