A BRICKLAYING student has shown his versatility by branching out into steel and reclaimed wood to help a South Yorkshire garden design business win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Jonathan Perry, from Maltby, near Rotherham is studying for an A Level Bricklaying Diploma at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.
He helped Gardeners’ Boutique, from Braithwell, Rotherham, with its Winds of Change garden - named as the best small garden at the London garden festival.
Jonathan, a part-time student who is also a landscape worker at the garden design business, helped his manager Jamie Dunstan with the winning entry, a garden with an industrial look.
It was inspired by wind turbines and they were recreated in the design using old fans.
The garden also featured a steel-framed structure that acts as a shelter, with a built-in fireplace, log store and green roof.
The boundaries were constructed from recycled timber, highlighting the garden’s industrial feel and creating a strong backdrop for the planting.
Robert Hillier, chairman of the Small Gardens panel at the Chelsea Flower Show, said: “This was just fantastic with its messages of environmental sustainability.
“Clearly fans on the garden deliver that message loud and clear.
“As it has an industrial background, I did not expect the high quality of the design.
“The use of materials, the attention to detail and the colour blending was just magnificent.
“The planting was great. It is innovative and it certainly deserves to win.”
After working long hours to create the garden over 10 days Jonathan was delighted with their success.
He said: “It’s very exciting and I am very proud.
“We put a great deal of work into this.”
Jonathan is planning to continue his studies with the college in order to further enhance his skills for the future.
Six other entrants from South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire won awards in the contest.
It takes place annually and is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.