Military garden to debut in Chelsea Flower Show

Military garden to debut in Chelsea Flower Show

Katherine Denham

Military garden to debut in Chelsea Flower Show

A landscape gardener from Maidenhead is 'quietly confident' that his military-inspired creation will win gold in this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

HELPING HEROES: Matthew Keightley will be making his debut in this year's Chelsea Flower Show.



Inspired by his brother's involvement in the armed forces, Matthew Keightley's debut design aims to encapsulate the recovery process and also support the Help for Heroes charity.

The 29-year-old works for building firm Farr & Roberts, based in Martin Road, which has been working to help him create the 'Hope on the Horizon' garden.

Speaking about his brother Michael, who is about to embark on his fifth tour to Afghanistan, Matthew said: "Of course as a family we get worried about him going but we support him as best we can."

Based on the shape of the Military Cross, the garden starts as rough and over-grown and develops into a refined and well-structured landscape to represent the positive improvement of the soldiers' physical and psychological well-being.

The garden will be unveiled at the show which will take place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London between May 20-24 before moving to the grounds at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, Essex.

Matthew, who studied landscape design at Nottingham Trent University, said: "It’s very exciting for me, especially with it being my first show.

"I’ve got my heart set on winning all the awards.

"There's no point in going into it thinking you’re not going to win."

The project is being sponsored by entrepreneur and philanthropist David Brownlow through the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation.

The foundation is committed to enhancing the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

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