The dying craftsmanship of Sussex Trugmakers who have been making the iconic willow and sweet chestnut garden Trugs for over 200 years, is being highlighted in this stunning Artisan Garden designed by first time RHS Chelsea Flower Show designers, Serena Fremantle and Tina Vallis.
The theme for ‘A Trugmaker’s Garden’ was inspired by the story of one particular artisan Trugmaker Mr Smith, who became famous in the 1850s while exhibiting at The Great Exhibition where he was asked by Queen Victoria to create several Trugs as gifts for her family.
Mr Smith was so proud of his work he put the finished Trugs in a wheelbarrow and walked with them all the way from East Sussex to deliver them in person to Buckingham Palace.
The designers wanted to highlight that the traditional artisan Trug making skills are dying out as cheaper mass market plywood and plastic products are produced. The garden aims to promote the true craftsmanship and high quality of the Sussex Trug which are still made today using willow and the distinctive darker sweet chestnut circular handle.
The Chelsea Revival Trug, as it is to be named, like all Sussex Trugs is highly sustainable.
It is made from the by-products of willow cricket bat manufacture and the distinctive dark sweet chestnut used for the handle and frame, is coppiced from sustainably managed woodlands.
Unlike their cheaper counterparts, traditional Sussex Trugs are extremely long lasting and easy to mend. When they do finally reach the end of their life, the wood is traditionally used for fire kindling or put on a compost heap so nothing goes to waste.
FCI is keen to also offer a sustainable life for the show garden after Chelsea. Therefore, many of the plants and shrubs used in the design will be replanted in a garden at a local children’s hospice.
FCI has strong philanthropic values and the business is committed to supporting and promoting new talent.
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