A Seaside Garden for Severndale Specialist School & Shrewsbury Flower Show

Last year’s project with Headway Shropshire, to create a garden for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, was something totally new for us.  I’m no gardener and so it was going to be essential I find someone who knew what they were doing!  I was put in touch with Mike Russell, a local garden designer from Church Stretton, and what a relief - he had some amazing ideas – and……of course we won Best Outdoor Garden! 

Headway Showgarden

We couldn’t have succeeded last year without the tremendous support of those within Lanyon Bowdler who grew lots of veg and plants.  But it was the talents of the clients at Headway Shropshire that really set the garden off.

So here we are once more, starting our next project and this year we’re creating something quite unique for Severndale Specialist School.  Again there is going to be involvement from the charity – beach combing expeditions are being planned already!  People at Lanyon Bowdler haven’t been put off from the hard work last year – we have plenty of volunteers who are keen to get growing.

The theme is ‘a seaside garden’, complete with driftwood, shells and coastal plants.  The centre piece will be a customised sailing boat - accessible to all, including wheelchair users.  A canopy above the boat will offer shelter from the sun (and rain!), plus an interactive Velcro backdrop will feature sea-life shapes all created by the pupils.

Concept Garden for Severndale Specialist School

As the garden is going to be installed back at the school after the show, it’s going to be fantastic to give the pupils the opportunity to build on the theme and enjoy a thoroughly interactive, safe and sensory space.

Progress of this exciting garden project will be shared in a variety of ways, such as on a dedicated blog:
and the firm’s Facebook page: