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Chelsea Flower Show winner for Roundhay Park
The HESCO Garden 2010
The canal lock feature from this year's winning garden

The garden which won a historic first-ever gold medal for the city of Leeds at the Chelsea Flower Show is to be permanently installed in Roundhay Park.

Work will shortly begin on placing the 2010 entry, and its predecessor from 2009, in the 'Gardens of the World' section of Roundhay Park.

The gardens are expected to be both in position for the public to visit for free from mid-May 2011.

They will join the 2008 entry, 'The Largest Room in the House' on the site.

Produced by the council's parks and countryside service, both gardens proved big hits at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

2009's garden, designed around the theme of retaining rainwater and reducing the affect of flash floods, matched Leeds City Council's best-ever result at Chelsea by winning a Silver Gilt Flora award.

This was improved on 12 months later as the team made history with a garden that drew gasps of admiration from all who saw its 12-feet high central lock gates and mock canal.

The HESCO Garden 2009
2009's entry will be installed at Roundhay Park as well

The garden not only earned the team a first-ever gold medal at Chelsea, the success also represented the first time in the history of the prestigious event, which dates back to 1862, that a local authority had won gold in the elite large outdoor show garden category, while the central lock gates were another first for Chelsea.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

"We are thrilled these gardens will soon be in their permanent home at Roundhay Park for everyone to be able to see. The gold-medal winning garden from 2010 is sure to prove a massive hit - everyone who saw it at Chelsea was mesmerised by it and it really did steal the show. It is a phenomenal piece of engineering and design and we are so pleased everyone in Leeds will now get the chance to see it for themselves.

The 'Gardens of the World' section of Roundhay Park off Mansion Lane currently contains three unique garden areas. The initial walkway features The Monet Garden which is based on the gardens planted by the impressionist at Giverny in France providing an elegant burst of colour and energy.

Adjoining this is the Alhambra Garden, which is based on one of the world's most famous gardens, the 13th century garden at Alhambra, Spain. The garden echoes the Patio de la Acequia, Patio de la Sultana and Mirador of Partal Gardens including fountains and formal hedged gardens.

These were joined in 2009 by 'The Largest Room in the House', Leeds City Council's entry at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show which won a Silver Gilt Flora award. The garden commemorated the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War and is a recreation of the grounds of Talbot House in Poperinghe, Belgium which served as a rest house for UK troops heading to and from the horrors of the frontline trenches nearby.

To find out the full history-making story of The HESCO Garden 2010, visit the BBC's RHS Chelsea Flower Show webpage.



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