Chelsea Flower Show goes green, as gardens to be judged on their eco-friendliness

The criteria for gardens to be included in the prestigious flower show is already partly based on what will happen to them after the show, with every single successful entrant this year having a confirmed afterlife in a hospital, school or other community site, Mr Alexander-Sinclair said.

“We are very aware that Chelsea gardens need to be more sustainable than they have been in the past,” he said.

“We are certain that every single garden that’s coming to Chelsea this year has got a future, and something we are looking at for the future is rewarding the use of sustainable materials and approaches.

“This year it’s a separate parallel judging process, where we are testing new criteria. An experimental judging panel made up of experienced judges will look at how the gardens would do if we judged them against that criteria.”

Entrants need clear plan for garden afterlife

Manoj Malde, a first-time judge in the “Sanctuary Gardens” category, who has previously designed a garden at the show, said entrants now needed to have a clear plan about what would happen to their display afterwards to prevent it from going to waste.

“When they submit their designs, one of the questions is about sustainability – how they propose to recycle the garden, and also where the materials are coming from – have they use local materials, have they use materials that are from the UK or have they had to come from miles abroad, which means a bigger carbon footprint?

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