Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden
The UK’s number one disinfectant brand, Zoflora and the national charity Caudwell Children have revealed a unique sensory garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Zoflora has been used around family homes for almost a century, protecting them from bacteria and viruses, and leaving them beautifully fragrant. This year, it has decided to support Caudwell Children with their own ‘Our House Appeal’ by commissioning the design and build of an inclusive sensory garden, as part of The Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC) in Stoke-on-Trent. It will be the UK’s first purpose-built centre for multi-disciplinary therapy programmes for childhood disability and the research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
Following on from Zoflora’s 2016 Gold medal-winning show garden, the Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden will be unveiled at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show before being reimagined and relocated to the CICC.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the world’s most prevalent neurodevelopmental conditions, affecting as many as 1 in 68 children globally, and costing the UK taxpayer an estimated £32 billion a year.
Unveiled by TV presenter Gethin Jones, the Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden uses a woodland setting as the theme and shows how an accessible and inclusive wild garden can reconnect all children with nature. Gethin Jones is devoted to raising awareness of autism, as his nine-year-old nephew Alby was diagnosed with the condition at the age of five.
As part of the charity’s new development, it identified a need for an engaging sensory outdoor space which includes fun and educational aspects. Zoflora generously enlisted the expertise of two renowned garden designers.
RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice award-winning designers Adam White and Andrée Davies, of Davies White Landscape Architects, were tasked with creating a beautiful and engaging sensory garden for the service users at the centre – a large proportion of these children have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Following RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, the garden will be re-imagined at the Centre in time for the grand opening in October.
Sensory stimulation occurs courtesy of playful planting and the use of materials that engage the senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound, whilst also allowing the children to experience some reasonable risk as they explore and play. The garden features a tree top nest, a huge spinning boulder, hidden woodland scent pots, a secret mushroom cave, hollow Oak log and opportunities to play with water, all woven together with beautiful and playful planting.
The garden incorporates a range of incredible edible plants; small trees including plums, damsons and gages. There is a shrub, herb and ground cover layer made up of currant bushes, annual and perennial herbs and low growing ground hugging plants like Fragaria vesca (wild strawberries).
Fragrance is a key element of the garden as Zoflora is renowned for its range of beautifully fragrant concentrated disinfectants, and so assortments of unique smelling pots have been installed in the garden. These allow garden visitors to experience the vibrant and beautiful elements of Zoflora’s new garden-inspired Limited Edition fragrance at the show, ‘Lavender Escape’.
An evolution of household favourite Lavender, the new fragrance contains real essential oils and combines the relaxing scent of English lavender coupled with freshly picked jasmine, wild rose and a touch of basil on a clean musky powdery base. It is available in-stores from mid-July.
Brand manager at Zoflora, Vicky Motley, said: “We are thrilled to be back at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show for a second time and returning in support of the wonderful work undertaken by Caudwell Children.
“This cause has become incredibly close to our hearts and we hope the garden will be utilised for many years to come at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre.”
Landscape Architect and Director of Davies White Ltd, Adam White said: “It is ten years since we won our first RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. We are delighted to be returning with the Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden.
“At Davies White Ltd we are passionate about reconnecting children with nature and believe the design process is as important as the end product. Working with the children from Caudwell Children has been hugely rewarding, and we are now looking forward to seeing them enjoy the garden and allowing their imaginations to run wild!”
Trudi Beswick has been Chief Executive at Caudwell Children since its inception 17 years ago and has masterminded the development of the Caudwell International Children’s Centre project, she said: “The partnership with Zoflora has taken the plans for the outdoor space beyond our wildest dreams. The team from Davies White Ltd have spent time with some of our service users and really come to understand the needs of the children who will be using the space as part of the support we provide. We can’t thank Zoflora and everyone involved enough for their continued support.”
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden is on display at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show from 4-9 July.
Zoflora, Caudwell Children and Davies White Ltd would to like to extend a special thank you to the following suppliers:
- CED Stone
- Classic Pod Company
- Daniel Lobb Gardens
- Hilliers Trees
- Hortus Loci Plants
- Jim Bucanham Willow
- Josh Knowles Artist
- Lindum Turf
- Marlborough Mushrooms
- Nigel Fenwick Stone Carver
- Palmstead Nurseries
- Richter/ Timberplay
- Room60 Animation
- Sutcliffe Play
- Tendercare Plants
- TouchWood Play
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Notes about Zoflora:
Zoflora is a concentrated disinfectant and kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, helping to protect your family and pets from harmful germs, whilst also eliminating odours to leave homes fragrantly fresh all day.
Use all over the home from rubbish bins to drains, worktops to floors and toilets to sinks. Zoflora is safe to use around most pets*. Use it on litter trays, plastic dog beds and animal cages to keep them hygienically clean and fragrantly fresh. Just allow to dry thoroughly before pets are allowed back in.
In 2016, Zoflora showcased a garden inspired by beautiful Yorkshire countryside which surrounds its manufacturing base in Huddersfield. The garden, designed by Helen Elks-Smoth, won a Gold medal.
For more information on Zoflora visit www.Zoflora.co.uk.
*Not suitable for use in vivaria or fish tanks.
Notes about Caudwell Children:
To date, Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £39million to over 25,000 children with over 600 different medical conditions. The charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing practical and emotional support.
Caudwell Children was registered in March 2000 and is widely recognised as one of the country’s fastest growing children’s charities. Since its inception the charity has doubled every pound raised, achieved through supplier partnerships, which means every pound donated works even harder.
The charity was founded by philanthropist, John Caudwell, whose vision was to create a sustainable children’s charity that offered benefactors’ transparency and peace of mind that 100% of their donation was being used to directly change children’s lives.
By donating the cost of the charity’s annual management and administration overheads, John has guaranteed an efficient way for individuals and businesses to change the lives of thousands of sick and disabled children living in the UK.
As a Director in the Caudwell Group, in 1999 Trudi Beswick was assigned the task of turning John’s philanthropic vision into a reality. As Chief Executive Trudi has masterminded the charity’s continued growth from a small local charity helping a handful of children each year, to one of the fastest growing and respected charity’s in the UK.
In 2017 Trudi will lead Caudwell Children into an exciting new era as it prepares to open the doors to the Caudwell International Children’s Centre. The UK’s first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to multi-disciplinary therapy programmes, family support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
Notes about Davies White Ltd:
Davies White Ltd is an award-winning chartered landscape architects practice based in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. Since 2007, the team has specialised in designing and creating playful landscapes and gardens for children. Notable award winning schemes include the Commonwealth Games Legacy Park in Glasgow, Dinton Pastures Country Park and the Lyric Theatre Roof Garden in London.
Director Adam White is a chartered landscape architect and in 2012 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Chartered Landscape Institute for his work promoting children’s health and well-being. Andrée Davies is also a landscape architect and director of Davies White Ltd. She is a graduate of the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden.