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The Global Stone – Bee Friendly Plants Garden Winner Announced

Congratulations to Nicola Lancaster from Berks

Global Stone’s Bee Friendly Plant Garden has won a silver medal at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show this year. Created using Global’s natural stone to stunning effect, the garden highlights the plight of the world’s bees and demonstrates how even small scale gardeners can help to boost bees’ immunity to pests and diseases.As well as attracting attention from the Chelsea judges, the garden has been featured across local and national media – even making it into 100s of thousands of homes on the BBC’s flagship “Breakfast” programme. If you haven’t had a chance to see the Bee-Friendly garden at Chelsea – why not create your own version? Enter our competition to win your own Bee Friendly Plant Garden, valued at over £2,250. 

Bee Friendly Plants Garden

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Worth OVER £2250

Please complete the entry form below for the chance to win over £1500 worth of *garden design by Janey Auchincloss, designer of this years Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden. The design will include up to £750 worth of **Global Mirage Paving.

This competition is now closed

Terms & Conditions

To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
No purchase necessary. Only one entry per household.No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason. The closing date is as specified and Global Stone reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time. If you win the competition, we will notify you by post, telephone or e-mail. 

The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize. We reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

Once design has been supplied, any additional alterations will be chargeable. Garden design will be to the same size and proportions as the Chelsea garden.

*Garden design – No materials or construction included.
** Global Mirage Paving – Standard stock sizes only.

By entering this competition you agree to your details being used for future Global Stone promotions and updates.

Why Bees?

Bees are crucial to our environment, our crops and, by implication, the long-term survival of mankind. Over the last decade or so their populations across the globe have been in serious decline due to the combined threats of pests, diseases and loss of habitation. With this in mind, Global Stone is proud to sponsor a Chelsea garden which really champions the bees’ cause and encourages us all to play a part in ensuring their survival.

The Plants

The garden’s plants are sourced from Bee Friendly Plants, a Suffolk company which specialises in supplying plants of the greatest nutritional benefit to bees. Featuring blooms with simple structures, such as Salvia, Agastache and Sedum, the flowers welcome bees already tempted by the beautiful red clover lawn. Bee Friendly Plants will launch their products at Chelsea this year.

The Chelsea Phenomenon

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous gardening show in the United Kingdom, and probably the world, attracting 157,000 visitors each year and receiving extended coverage on the BBC. It will be held this year from the 25th till the 29th of May at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. Tickets are available from

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The Designers

Garden designer, Janey Auchincloss, was trained in both design and ‘hands-on’ gardening at Cambridge University’s Botanic Gardens and has since worked primarily in East Anglia. Past clients include Westminster City Council and Atco Qualcast along with private clients in Hampshire, Surrey, London and, of course, East Anglia. Gardening TV viewers may also remember her as the co-presenter of the popular ITV series Britains Best Back Gardens. Perhaps surprisingly for a wildlife garden, our Chelsea garden is formal and very structural in design, reflecting Janey’s collaboration with architect Paul Hammond of Wincer Kievenaar on this project. This unusual combination of traditional garden design and contemporary architecture reinforces the garden’s focus on man’s collaboration with nature.

A message in stone

Subtle rings of inky-black limestone contrast dramatically with wider areas of golden sandstone paving, hinting at the garden’s sinister undercurrent – the plight of the bees. In keeping with the garden’s ecological message, Global Stone’s natural paving elements are sourced with the sustainability of the environment for future generations very much in mind. The whole garden is set against an imposing dark slate wall backdrop, beautifully engraved with a provocative quotation.

Local Collaboration

All elements of a Chelsea garden are open to scrutiny and nothing can be left to chance. With this in mind, the designers sourced all key elements of the project locally from tradespeople and craftspeople at the top of their fields. Blacksmiths, (copper edging and fountain):
, (wooden planters):
Lighting, Hadleigh Lighting:
, grown for bee friendly plants by:
Engravers, (Einstein’s quote on slate wall):
Bronze work, (patination on copper edging and planter surrounds)