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The Team

Designer - Wilson McWilliam Studio

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Wilson McWilliam Studio is one of the country’s leading garden design practices, combining the talents of Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam, who are renowned for producing imaginative, uplifting and carefully tailored designs. Sharply detailed construction, elegant spaces and inspirational planting design percolate through their unique design responses. Andrew and Gavin both trained as landscape architects but share a passion for garden design and experimentation with materials and plant associations. Andrew is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers. Gavin originally studied Fine art and brings a conceptual and artistic ethos to the commissions they undertake. He is a Chartered Member of The Landscape Institute.

This is the third year in a row that Andrew and Gavin will be designing a RHS Chelsea Show Garden, having previously won two Silver Gilt medals for their gardens with Cloudy Bay. Andrew and Gavin were also recently awarded a Gold medal and named Best in Show at the Singapore Garden Festival.

Contractor - Outdoor Options

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Outdoor options is an award winning landscape company, specialising in domestic gardens in Surrey, the Home Counties and West/Central London. Led by Brian Herbert, they are a professional team of skilled and dedicated craftsmen, with strong project management capabilities. Outdoor Options have created some of the South East’s most prestigious private gardens and offer a proven and award winning track record in all aspects of hard and soft landscaping, encompassing garden buildings, pool construction, irrigation, lighting schemes. Brian and Outdoor Options have constructed a number of medal-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea, including 2014’s ‘No Man’s Land’ which was awarded a Gold medal.

Contractor - Horticolous

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Horticolous Landscape and Garden Design was founded by Mark Lippiatt and Lynn Riches. They are a talented and professional team creating bespoke garden designs in and around Bristol, Bath and the South West of England. They are passionate about combining natural elements through hard and soft landscaping, to bring life and natural beauty into one space.

Horticolous offer a prestigious service to include garden design, landscaping, construction and planting of private and commercial spaces. Mark and Lynn have designed and built show exhibits and gardens for several years, achieving three Gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show in their three years at the show and several Gold Medals and a Silver- Gilt Medal at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. They bring with them a valued team member, horticulturist Jeanette Read, who has assisted them in many of the shows in recent years. This will be their first year working on a Show Garden at RHS Chelsea, where they will be supporting Brian Herbert and the Outdoor Options team.

Plant Supplier - Hortus Loci

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Hortus Loci is a wholesale nursery offering the most comprehensive range of top-quality perennials, shrubs and trees available at one location anywhere in the UK. Their unrivalled wholesale list of over 5000 different plants, in a range of pot sizes, has been specifically selected to meet the needs of today’s garden designers, landscape architects and discerning horticultural professionals. Director Mark Straver comes from a long line of nurserymen and has set up successful horticultural businesses from scratch. Fellow Director Robin Wallis has spent his entire life working in nursery and garden centre management.

Hortus Loci supplied the plants for four award winning show gardens at RHS Chelsea last year: Wilson McWIlliam’s Silver- Gilt (Cloudy Bay garden), Matthew Child’s Silver-Gilt (Brewin Dolphin garden), and the Gold medal winning gardens of Cleve West (M&G Garden) and Hugo Bugg Gold (RBC garden).

Sponsor - Darwin Property Investment Management

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Darwin Property Investment Management Limited (Darwin) strives to meet the needs of investors by offering investment solutions that generate long-term absolute returns which enhance capital and provide high levels of income.

Darwin was launched in 2007 by Chief Executive Anthony Esse and Chairman James Penney, who recognised that the investment market was dominated by fund managers who were aiming to beat artificial benchmarks rather than provide real returns to their clients and that, ultimately, the main beneficiaries of benchmark-driven investments have been the fund managers themselves.

Darwin believe that client returns and overall risk mitigation should be at the forefront of any investment strategy and are committed to providing genuine outcome driven solutions to investors. Darwin’s first investment strategy, the Darwin Leisure Property Fund achieves this goal. The Fund invests in a portfolio of UK holiday parks and combines a secure yield that is well in excess of inflation with business strategies that create sustainable shareholder value.

Darwin Property Investment Management were named ‘Alternative Investment Manager of the Year’ at the 2014 UK
Pension Awards.