Gold Medal and People’s Choice

We are delighted to announce that our garden won a Gold Medal and People’s Choice at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.


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2015 has been announced as the International Year of Light by the United Nations.  Light is an essential and all encompassing part of human life.  It has revolutionized society in medicine, exploration, entertainment, communications and culture, like hunting.
This conceptual garden draws attention to the research into optical fibre conducted by world leading researchers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) based at the University of Southampton.  Fibre optics transmit light, forming communication channels of the future that may be shaped to travel in curves.  The parallels between new fibre optic research areas and plant structures (vascular bundles) is striking.The pavilion and roof reflects a holey fibre structure.  Fibre optic glass ‘drops’, created as part of the fibre fabrication process are set into the floor and the wave-form in the path are a metaphor for how light refracts along the fibres. The Perspex rods within the landform reference the seed ‘preforms’ of the fibre product planted in the earth. These grow during the fibre ‘drawing’ process, to provide the final communication pathways seen at the surface.

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The Centre for Innovative  in Photonics (CIMP), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is based at the University of Southampton. It is using its world-class facilities to research and develop the optical technologies of the future.  One aspect of this work is developing revolutionary new microstructured fibres which can be made entirely from one type of glass, as opposed to more conventional optical fibres, as they do not rely on the addition of chemical elements to enhance light guidance. Instead, the cladding region of the fibre is peppered with multiple tiny air holes, that run the entire length of the fibre. Their research found this allows light to ‘propagate’ through air 31% faster faster than in a conventional fibre – allowing faster communication over longer distances.  They are fabricated at the Centre from glass ‘preforms’ for research and development and ultimately for use in industry.

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Photonics defn: Photonics is the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting photons, which are particles of light. Photonics underpins technologies of daily life from smartphones to laptops to the Internet to medical instruments to lighting technology. The ORC has contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as many solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing

Photonic technologies are playing an increasingly significant role in reducing our environmental impact. Employing light to send signals, the requirement for power is frequently far less than that required by purely electrical and electronic devices. In addition to the direct eco-benefits derived from the products themselves, photonics impact product design and manufacturing processes to produce more energy efficient devices. These factors are all driving the global photonics market, worth €300bn. It is forecast to grow by 8-10% annually to €550bn by 2020: the 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics.

We are delighted to be working with Andy Craddock at Turf ‘n’ Earth.

Trees  supplied by : Barcham Trees

Path Waveform Material : Sureset Resin Bound Permeable Paving

Path: CED meadowgrass marble aggregate and Ceda Gravel

Path Waveform Edging: Dural

The garden was designed by our team of designers: Kate Hart and Helen Elks-Smith.