Unique Badger Ales' Hampton Court garden takes silver gilt

Badger Ales is toasting success with its first ever show garden, winning silver gilt at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this week.

Bottle river in Badger Ales' sponsored Hampton Court garden - image: HW
Bottle river in Badger Ales' sponsored Hampton Court garden - image: HW

The Badger Beer Garden, created to celebrate beer and brewing, is the first ever show garden at Hampton Court to be sponsored by a brewery.

"The garden captures the essence of the Dorset countryside which is at the heart of our ales," said brand manager Anna Corbett.

Gold-medal-winning designer Flemons Warland Design created the garden with hard landscaping by construction team Landform.

Students from the local Kingston Maurward College meanwhile built dry-stone walls and planted thousands of native plants.

Sculpture from the Portland Sculptor and Quarry Trust defined eight badger paw prints throughout the garden while stone was used for pathways.

The centrepiece however was a curving river form made of beer bottles, which meandered through the planting, symbolising a typical Dorset brown trout river.

Several elements of the Badger Beer Garden are to be relocated to Dorset including heritage fingerpost signage, which will be repositioned in a hotel in Blandford.

Part of the Portland stone path engraved with badger paw prints will be incorporated into several pubs from the Hall & Woodhouse chain.

Badger Ales have brewed beer for over 300 at Blandford St Mary. Big seller include Fursty Ferret, Hopping Hare and Poacher’s Choice.

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