Shortlist for therapeutic garden unveiled

Three award-winning garden designers have been shortlisted to create a flagship garden for therapeutic horticulture in south London.

 Horticultural charity Thrive's main garden in Battersea Park is to be given an overhaul in a £70,000 development.

RHS medal winner Sarah Price has been selected as a finalist in the Thrive Garden Design Competition, along with Grand Marnier garden designer Vanessa Adorni and Andy Sturgeon Garden Design team member Alyson Hamilton.

The finalists were whittled down from 20 concept design entries for the 750sq m site.

The brief required designers to maximise gardening opportunities throughout the year, offering activities for people with a range of disabilities. The judging panel was headed by garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin and included Thrive chief executive Nicola Carruthers, Thrive chairman of trustees David Aitchison-Tait, Thrive Battersea Garden project manager Susan Stuart, London Borough of Wandsworth chief parks officer Jennifer Ullman and landscape architect John Wyer.

The final awards will be given on 30 October at a ceremony in the nearby headquarters of the competition sponsor, shopping channel QVC.The winner will receive an award of £3,500, with a second prize of £1,000 and a third prize of £500.

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