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Green Seam. Winner of Gold and Best in Show at RHS Hampton Court
Green Seam – RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Gold & Best In Show

Resilience, sustainability and regeneration were the themes driving the design of this show garden that won Best in Show and Gold at RHS Hampton Court.

Betteshanger Colliery, a former coal mine in Kent, was the inspiration for Green Seam, a garden Beth created with friend and fellow designer Stuart Charles Towner shortly after they graduated in 2015.

Celebrating East Kent’s mining heritage, the garden depicted the transformation of the former colliery site into a green seam of sustainability and hope. The black wall – created from coal waste collected from the former colliery sites – and rusty structures contrasted strongly with a green, pink and white planting scheme.

Pioneer plant species were used in the garden to show how wildflowers and trees can colonise apparently hostile environments such as spoil heaps, transforming them into places of beauty.

Beth and Stuart – who collaborate as WILLIAMS+TOWNER – have since re-designed the show garden to be included as part of the landscaping at the new mining heritage museum and visitor centre being built at Betteshanger.

The regeneration of the colliery site is a subject close to Beth’s heart – in her former career as a journalist, she covered the closure of the coal mines and subsequent impact on the East Kent mining community.

Green Seam won gold and best in show at RHS Hampton Court 2015
Native pioneer plants
Persicara. Part of the planting at RHS Hampton Court
Persicaria, a member of the knotweed family

Resilience, sustainability and regeneration were the themes driving the design of this show garden that won Best in Show and Gold at RHS Hampton Court.

Betteshanger Colliery, a former coal mine in Kent, was the inspiration for Green Seam, a garden Beth created with friend and fellow designer Stuart Charles Towner shortly after they graduated in 2015.

Celebrating East Kent’s mining heritage, the garden depicted the transformation of the former colliery site into a green seam of sustainability and hope. The black wall – created from coal waste collected from the former colliery sites – and rusty structures contrasted strongly with a green, pink and white planting scheme.

Pioneer plant species were used in the garden to show how wildflowers and trees can colonise apparently hostile environments such as spoil heaps, transforming them into places of beauty.

  • Green Seam won Gold and Best in Show at RHS Hampton Court
  • Steel and black coal pillars among native planting at RHS Hampton Court
  • Green Seam won Gold and Best in Show at RHS Hampton Court

Beth and Stuart – who collaborate as WILLIAMS+TOWNER – have since re-designed the show garden to be included as part of the landscaping at the new mining heritage museum and visitor centre being built at Betteshanger.

The regeneration of the colliery site is a subject close to Beth’s heart – in her former career as a journalist, she covered the closure of the coal mines and subsequent impact on the East Kent mining community.

Green Seam won gold and best in show at RHS Hampton Court 2015
Native pioneer plants
Persicara. Part of the planting at RHS Hampton Court
Persicaria, a member of the knotweed family

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