Coastal Gardens




Ann Swithinbank from BBC R4 Gardeners' Question Time takes time out to relax and admire the garden designed and created by Coastal Gardens with the the help of DAAT volunteers and staff.


Garden designer rescued from the beach!.

A show-stopping garden is being created for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust at the Westcountry Garden Festival, Exeter, on 9/10 August by John Bickerton of Coastal Gardens and ex Amateur Gardening staff member in aid of keeping the air ambulance in the skies over Devon. BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time team panellist and Devon based Anne Swinthinbank, will be visiting us on the garden on Saturday 9 August to see how the garden titled ‘Rescued on the Beach’ makes its mark on the festival.

The garden is a small secluded seaside retreat with a summerhouse, decking, water and coastal tolerant planting showing that with careful design good gardens can be created in the adverse conditions found along our coasts – the sort of place that one might need to be rescued from by helicopter in an emergency!

For the first time the DAAT charity has entered a gardening festival and is delighted with the design by John. The design not only reflects his work but also highlights the work of the air ambulance along the many miles of coastline surrounding the county.

It is being put together by John with a great deal of support from suppliers such as St Bridgets’ Nurseries, David Marshall, Powderham Sawmills, Forest Garden and B&Q, who have donated a great deal to ensure the garden has a truly coastal feel. Alongside the support from companies, the garden could not be completed without the band of loyal air ambulance volunteers undertaking the backbreaking work of getting the garden ready for the festival and ensuring that John's design is ready for the judging panel.

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust runs its own Welcome Garden Scheme, where local gardeners have opened their gardens to support the charity and give visitors the chance to see different gardens throughout Devon. Taking part in the festival will highlight this work and encourage others to open their gardens and help towards raising the £3,000 a day it takes to operate the Devon Air Ambulance.

“We think the garden designed by John Bickerton who specialises in design and advice for coastal gardens is a winner and taking part in the festival is a completely new venture for us,” said Lyn Paver, General Manager, Devon Air Ambulance Trust, “We are delighted that Anne Swinthinbank will be visiting our garden and giving us her expert opinion on our work and hope she agrees with us that it should win a prize!”




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Gold medal winning show garden for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust
at Westcountry Garden Festival


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