King’s Lynn charity to create garden for Hampton Court flower show

Artist's impression of the show garden being created by Scotty's Little Soldiers for the Hampton Court garden show.
Artist's impression of the show garden being created by Scotty's Little Soldiers for the Hampton Court garden show.
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An armed forces charity which supports the children of fallen heroes is working with a renowned designer to create a garden for one of the world’s largest garden shows.

Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers will unveil a show garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show in June themed around the memories of youngsters who have lost a parent whilst serving in the forces.

The charity is now working in earnest with garden designer and former military officer Graeme Thirde to bring the garden designs to reality.

Scotty’s chief executive officer Stuart Robinson said: “It’s an incredibly exciting moment for us as a charity. The designs look fantastic and we can’t wait to see this become a reality as the show nears.

“We offer a vital service for our members across the UK and our hope is that those visiting our show garden this summer will not only have the chance to fondly remember lost parents, but to find out more about our work.”

The walk-through garden will comprise a central water feature in the form of a rill, coupled with a memory tree.

The theme focuses on the memories of a lost parent, and children will be able to express some of those memories by tying ribbons to the tree with written messages.

The garden also reflects on the need for the children to grow towards adulthood, with the rill and planting moving from a turbulent start to a more serene future.

Mr Thirde said: “My career with the army made me instantly understanding of the incredible and inspirational work that Scotty’s undertakes across the UK.

“In designing the garden I have sought to honour these children and to provide a garden that speaks of the hope that Scotty’s brings to so many young lives in our country.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by army widow Nikki Scott in August 2010 after her husband Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan in July 2009, leaving behind her and their two young children.

The charity supports more than 200 children, providing treats and days out, as well as holidays at its Scotty Lodges and emotional support and respite from the pain of living without a parent at such a young age.

For more information and to view the designs of the garden visit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/hampton