Chelsea medal for Woodland Trust's ancient woodland garden

The Woodland Trust has been awarded a Silver medal at this week's Chelsea Flower Show for a design which highlights the importance of restoring Britain's ancient woodlands.

Image: Woodland Trust
Image: Woodland Trust

'Beauty Sleeping' was designed and built by the Woodland Trust and Simon Hill of Vidar Media, with planting by designer and trainer Liz Davies.

Emphasising the trust's role in restoring ancient woodland sites overplanted with timber species, it takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey from a dark conifer plantation through to dappled ancient woodland in the centre.

It illustrates the wealth of native plants and biodiversity associated with ancient woodlands and highlights the impact and importance of their restoration.

Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight said: "Ancient woodland is the richest land habitat for species in the UK - the equivalent of a grade 1 listed building. It can't be recreated simply by planting new trees, but it can be restored."

Defra secretary Owen Paterson, who earlier this year suggested that ancient woodland sites lost to development could be balanced by new planting elsewhere, was spotted showing an interest in the exhibit.

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