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Standout Sustainable Gardens: RHS 2023 Showcase

This year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) event season has set a new standard in sustainable horticulture. At RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival, and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, it was a privilege to collaborate with many landscape architects driving progress and captivating audiences through the use of Ashwells FSC reclaimed timber in eco-conscious design and construction. 

It’s never possible to completely eliminate carbon, but as this season’s RHS gardens demonstrate, the built and landscape construction industry can limit its impact by choosing reclaimed timber that helps reduce carbon footprint and delivers a more sustainable solution. 

In this blog, we showcase some of the standout sustainable gardens of RHS 2023 and share inspiration for landscape architects prioritising sustainability and waste reduction in their own designs.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23rd – 27th May)

Garden: Sadler’s Wells East(Silver Medal) 

Designer: Alexa Ryan Mills 

Characterful FSC-certified reclaimed Balau cladding takes centre stage and helps bring this dance inspired garden to life. 


Garden: Trade Stand 

Designer: Society of Garden Designers 

FSC-certified reclaimed Greenheart Skimmings from ThundererJetty near Dagenham and the Woolwich Ferry Terminal creates strong and durable flooring. 


Garden: Royal Entomological Society Garden (Silver Gilt Medal) 

Designer: Tom Massey 

FSC-certified reclaimed Oak Logs from JJ Davies Forestry based in Kent are transformed into a dead tree ‘sculpture’ elevated to ‘float’ over biodiverse planting.  Standing dead tree stumps provide future sculptural habitat within the garden.   


RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival (4th – 9th July) 

Garden: RHS Resilient Garden 

Designer: Tom Massey 

FSC certified Ekki Decking reclaimed from Stratfordchosen to become a durable and characterful walkway. Reclaimed Oak fenders supplied for the table legs and the table top was from a garden centre that went into liquidation.  


Garden: Garden of America(Best Show Garden, Best Construction Award, Gold Medal) 

Designer: Inspired Earth Designs 

FSC certified Greenheart Skimmingsreclaimed from Portsmouth Harbour feature in this American Prairie themed garden. 


RHS Flower Show Tatton Park(19th – 23rd July) 

Garden: Seeking Resilience Garden (Silver Medal) 

Designer: Camellia Hayes

FSC certified Ekki decking reclaimed from Tilbury Docks and Oak fenders transformed into a walkway and beautiful benches with durable tropical hardwood feet. 


Feeling inspiredWalk through our step-by-step guide to help you include reclaimed timber in sustainable design projectsDownload out Guide, click here.