Raymond Blanc launches competition to design heritage kitchen garden

Raymond Blanc in the garden
Raymond Blanc in the garden

Two garden designers will be chosen to create top chef Raymond Blanc's garden, where food for his Michelin starred restaurant is grown.

The prizes, one for a professional and one for an aspiring designer are available in a competition run by The Raymond Blanc National Heritage Garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, in association with the Society of Garden Designers, organic growing charity Garden Organic and greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic.

Professional entrants must be registered members of the Society of Garden Designers and are asked to design a master plan for the new Heritage Garden which will create a perfectly integrated eco system with organic varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Entrants are asked to pay attention to the garden’s carbon footprint.

The winner will then get the job of planning, planting and overseeing the building of the garden, alongside the Le Manoir team.

Any member of the public can enter the general competition to win a scholarship to work with the winning designer on an integrated programme of gardening, horticulture and design. Entry is by application form.

Raymond Blanc said: "This competition will not only create awareness and reward the immense skill and knowledge of our gardeners; it will also highlight the work by Garden Organic to safeguard rare varieties that were once the mainstay of our British gardens. 

"It will also allow an inspired gardener the opportunity to work alongside an experienced master in their field here at Le Manoir."

Blanc has been working with Garden Organic for the past decade.

Chief horticultural officer Bob Sherman, said the chef shared the organisation’s dedication to conserve and protect rare, endangered vegetable varieties.

The kitchen garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has 8,094sq m of beds with more than 90 types of vegetables and 70 herbs which supplies the restaurant with its daily needs for eight months of the year. A total of eight gardeners work in the garden to ensure the best varieties of fruit and vegetables make it onto diners’ plates.

To enter visit www.manoir.com/heritagegarden.

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