Innovative allotment gardeners in Leeds have been invited to take up a pitch at the world’s greatest flower show for the first time.
Around a dozen members of Leeds and District Allotment Gardeners’s Federation have (LDAGF) been asked to present their award-winning ‘Techno Allotment Garden’ at next year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden, which won gold medals at both the Great Yorkshire Show and Harrogate Spring Flower Show this year, featured low cost under-soil heating made using an old radiator and ice cream tub, solar panels to generate free electricity and raised beds for better use of space among other creative ideas that can be seen on plots across Leeds.
LDAGF chair Ian Wood, who helped to design and put together the garden, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the allotment movement and it’s a great honour for us and for Leeds as well.
“It’s a joy to have been invited and whatever happens will be a bonus.”
He said that the organisation will present its demonstration allotment in the Discovery category at Chelsea, where gardens are designed with a scientific theme that involves education and learning.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual show in Chelsea attracts over 150,000 visitors each year and will take place from May 20 to 24 in 2014.
Mr Wood added: “It’s the greatest flower show in the world and this shows that the city has a great deal of creative talent and dedicated volunteers who do what they do for nothing.”
The federation is now appealing for sponsorship to help members secure accommodation for the famous show and to pay for the transport of their equipment so that they can recreate the garden.
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