Chorley garden wins medal at prestigious Chelsea Flower Show

The garden received a silver gilt medal

The garden received a silver gilt medal

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Chorley Council’s first ever exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won a medal.

On Monday, judges and members of the royal family visited the garden, which is in the artisan section and was created by award-winning garden designer John Everiss.

And today it was announced the garden had won a silver gilt medal, which is the second highest accolade available at the show.

The garden tells the story of Mr Everiss’ grandfather Stan Everiss, an RAF navigator during the Second World War who was injured when his plane came down in France in 1943.

But a French family helped Stan to hide and he eventually made it home to England.

The garden features a sculpture of a young flyer, hiding against the wall of a war-ravaged church, as well as a stained-glass window and more than 800 plants.

John Everiss

John Everiss

Mr Everiss, of Somerset Avenue, Chorley, said he was “a little bit disappointed”, after winning three gold medals in previous years.

He continued: “The garden is very personal to me and I set my target very high.

“It’s been received incredibly well and the comments from the public have been unbelievable.”

RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs until Saturday and the garden will then be removed.

It’s been received incredibly well and the comments from the public have been unbelievable.

John Everiss

It will be rebuilt at Astley Park in Chorley, where it will be a permanent feature and the centrepiece for a flower show being held there on August 1 and 2.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted at the first attempt that Chorley has won an award.

“Hopefully all the people of Chorley can see it as the centrepiece at the flower show and it’s a chance to bring a little bit of Chelsea to Chorley.”