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Waterways are celebrated in Yorkshire's 10th show garden at RHS Chelsea

PUBLISHED: 00:00 16 April 2019

An artist's impression of Yorkshire's show garden with canal lock as the centre piece

An artist's impression of Yorkshire's show garden with canal lock as the centre piece

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The Canal & River Trust jin forces with Welcome to Yorkshire

Ged King, regional construction manager, Canal & River Trust and  Mark Gregory, garden designer Photo: David SaundersGed King, regional construction manager, Canal & River Trust and Mark Gregory, garden designer Photo: David Saunders

Old lock gates from the Huddersfield narrow canal have been donated by Canal & River Trust as the centrepiece for Yorkshire’s Chelsea show garden. The Trust, which has teamed up with the tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire for the flower show in May, highlights the county’s industrial heritage and the hundreds of miles of waterways which run across the county.

People from across the Trust, including volunteer lock keepers, heritage experts, and apprentice carpenters, will be supporting the garden by sharing their knowledge, lending artefacts, and getting hands-on to help build some of the features.

Sean McGinley, director, Yorkshire & North East at Canal & River Trust, which cares for canals including the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Pocklington Canal and Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, said: ‘We’re delighted to partner with Welcome to Yorkshire and offer our expertise and passion to help showcase the county’s spectacular waterways to the world through this beautiful canal-themed garden.

‘Spending time on or by your local canal can make you feel happier and healthier, so we hope this garden will encourage more people to get out by Yorkshire’s beautiful waterways to reap the benefits.’

The garden has been designed by Mark Gregory, whose 2018 Dales-inspired Welcome to Yorkshire garden won a Gold Medal, the coveted People’s Choice Award and the Best Construction prize.

He said: ‘I am really pleased that Canal & River Trust has come on board as they are the perfect fit for this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden. It’s so important to tell the story of just how vital the canal system was to this country, its engineering and sheer scale: the motorways of their time and from then to their use today as an essential part of the leisure and tourism industry and a valuable environmental resource.

‘This garden will showcase the importance of canals right across Yorkshire and beyond. It will be a big challenge for me and the team, but so much fun. We can’t wait to get started.’

Thousands of people will see the garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and millions more will see it on television and in news coverage. Its aim is to showcase Yorkshire to the world and encourage people to visit and see the county’s beauty for themselves first-hand.

Sir Gary Verity DL, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: ‘It’s great to have Canal & River Trust with us to help us make sure our 2019 RHS Chelsea garden is authentic and truly represents Yorkshire’s stunning waterways. It’s our 10th trip to the prestigious flower show as we celebrate the organisation’s 10th year – so it’s extra special.

‘Like us, the Trust shouts loud and proud about the beauty which is abound on all our doorsteps here in Yorkshire and together we will show the world why a visit here is essential, with towns, cities, coastline, countryside and of course our beautiful canals just waiting to be explored.’

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