order the formwork. Once
on site after the formwork was set up with the team and a quick
refresher done they just got on and built it.
Sarah Price did something totally different and created a
beautiful meadow in her prize winning garden. The back wall of rammed
earth used a yellow coloured clay mixed with sand and aggregate. The
colour was chosen from a chart and samples made to be sure she knew
what she was getting.
The build team were once
again all gardeners and completed the build in just over a day,
barrowing the mix straight into the formwork earlier on and later
filling with a mini digger. But significantly after we made up the mix
and designed the formwork we taught the team on site, in a day.
Fiona Stephenson took a different approach again building a garden
for the World Wildlife Fund at the Hampton Court Flower Show. Using
chalk she designed a wall which represented a slice through chalk
downland. With a stream running under the wall it was a striking
metaphor of what happens when water is mined out of these eco-systems
for industrial agriculture and other uses.
The chalk used was 'sight
unseen' until we walked on site, a coarse mix from a site she was
working on at the time. Using the material carefully we managed to
build a wall to represent the geological layers of chalk in both
colour and texture. Small by comparison with the other two gardens but
also delivering a powerful environmental message.