Tarmac, sponsors of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) ‘Quarry Garden’, has supported the garden in winning a coveted gold medal at the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.
Alongside the gold medal, the garden was also awarded ‘Best Show Garden’ and the ‘Best Construction’ award. The Quarry Garden was created by the IQ to mark its centenary, and designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes. It celebrates the essential role of quarrying and mineral extraction in modern life, as well as demonstrating how the industry has developed over the years and how it contributes to UK skills and jobs.
Martin Riley, Tarmac’s senior vice president and deputy chairman of the IQ, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this exciting, award-winning project with the IQ and Paul Hervey-Brookes. Quarrying is a vital industry for the UK, contributing so much to jobs, wildlife habitats and community projects. The garden’s representation of developing industry skills is also a key focus for Tarmac, as we take pride in supporting employee career progression through skills training. The garden truly encapsulates the history and the future of the sector.”
At 480m2 the Quarry Garden is one the largest ever RHS show gardens. Paul Hervey-Brooks has previously won Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013, as well as Silver-Gilt in 2011 and Silver in 2010. The IQ Quarry Garden theme was pink and grey, with Tarmac sourcing a mix of pink aggregate from their Mountsorrel quarry and grey aggregate from Bayston Hill.