Green fingered Veterans win 'Best Newcomer' at Gardening Scotland

Posted: 06/06/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

A year of planning, scheming and hard work culminated in awards at Gardening Scotland over the weekend of 3 – 5 June. 

Scottish War Blinded’s garden was inspired by a visit to the First World battlefields of Ypres last year and was called ‘Silhouettes in the Fog.’ 

The garden commemorates the experiences of soldiers who suffered the life changing effects of mustard gas and evokes the memory of trench warfare. The brains behind the garden was modest Centre Officer Caroline O’Hara - the green fingered guru of the Linburn Centre, and Chris and Sam Shaw of Ian White Associates, who came up with the design of the garden.

All of their hard work came to fruition with an appearance on BBC2 Beechgrove Garden, a silver gilt award for show garden, and best newcomer. Caroline, was rendered speechless upon seeing the awards. 

The garden was developed in partnership with Jon Lessels landscaping, Binny Plants, Greenspace landscapes and 3 Rifles Battalion - who donated sandbags to recreate the trench. 

The focal point of the garden conjured up life in a 1915 trench with dense, dark colours and smoke evoking some of the tension, fear and anxiety felt by Allied soldiers on the Western Front during a poisonous gas attack. The wooden trench featured was crafted by visually impaired veterans at the Scottish War Blinded Linburn Centre in West Lothian. The ceramic poppies were hand crafted by military veterans with sight loss, and formed a moving cascade down from the trench.

The garden was visited by thousands of members of the public, many of whom commented on how moved they were by the garden’s commemoration of World War One.  

If you know a veteran with sight loss, who could benefit from being introduced to our gardening activities at the Linburn Centre, please call us today on 0800 035 6409 to find out more.