Garden’s nod to city steel

Garden inspired by 100 years of stainless steel
Garden inspired by 100 years of stainless steel
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An award-winning garden, commemorating the centenary of the invention of stainless steel, has been unveiled in Sheffield.

The eye-catching garden, which was first seen at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2013, has been recreated in the grounds of Newton Grange - Sanctuary Group’s new £5.5m older person’s development in Stocksbridge.

Designed to celebrate 100 years of stainless steel, it incorporates iconic features such as a trellis influenced by the city’s ‘cheese grater’ car park and a steel pergola inspired by the curved roof of the Winter Gardens. A water feature depicts the flow of molten metal as it pours from a white hot crucible and the planting reflects the theme with metallic-coloured foliage and flowers.

Sanctuary originally joined forces with Sheffield garden designer Phil Hirst two years ago to create the stunning garden, which received a prestigious gold medal and went on to be crowned ‘Best in Show’ in the Large Garden category at the RHS flower show in Cheshire.

Local MP Angela Smith, who officially opened the new development and garden this summer, said: “This development is the result of a long term strategic plan by Sheffield City Council to improve accommodation for older people in Stocksbridge.

“Located at the very heart of the steel community, Stocksbridge is a fitting permanent location for a garden inspired by 100 years of steel making in Sheffield and it’s a wonderful celebration of this city.”

Garden designer Phil Hirst added: “I’m really pleased that the garden, originally designed for the flower show, has now found a new lease of life. I hope it will bring a great deal of pleasure to the residents.”