TEP designed ‘The Carbon Neutral Garden’, chosen by the NWDA as their show garden for the RHS Tatton Flower Show, 2007. The carbon neutral theme was translated through the sourcing of materials to minimise the garden’s carbon footprint, using locally sourced and recycled materials, and carbon off-setting through tree planting within the garden. The finished garden was awarded a prestigious RHS Silver-Gilt medal.
The design was based on the carbon cycle and contained a ‘Biosphere’ (planting), ‘Lithosphere’ (rock garden), ‘Hydrosphere’ (water feature) and ‘Atmosphere’ (shelter) all linked by a curved pathway that represented the cyclical movement of carbon. The garden was extremely popular with visitors providing them with a wealth of carbon-conscious and innovative ideas for their own gardens. In the true spirit of the theme the garden has been moved to the Solaris Centre in Blackpool.