After scooping a coveted ‘Gold’ at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Worcester’s renewable themed garden has now been planted in its permanent home – welcoming visitors to the company’s headquarters in Worcester.
The ‘Power of Nature’ Urban Garden was designed by Olivia Kirk, of KKE Architects, to demonstrate how the forces of nature can be harnessed to provide efficient heat and hot water for our homes. The garden was specifically created to draw people in and make the thousands of people who visited take note of renewable technology and think how it could work for them – and it certainly impressed the judges at the show.
Replanting the garden continues the strong renewable theme and all aspects, including the slate seat which was graced by celebrities from Alan Titchmarsh to Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen during the show, have now been recreated outside the newly opened reception area.
It was always our intention that no aspect of the garden was wasted after the show was over and saw it as the perfect way to start the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the business, which will take place in 2012. Now it forms a striking feature to welcome people to the factory but also makes people stop and think about the technology we produce in a very different way. We see thousands of people pass through the doors at Worcester each year and we feel certain that the garden will provide a lasting impression and continue to inspire visitors to our manufacturing facility for many years to come.
The garden incorporates Worcester’s energy-efficient renewable technology, including solar thermal flat plate panels set into the walls, solar thermal evacuated tubes used as ornamental features and ground source heat pumps collectors set under water.
All of these technologies cleverly sit against a planting scheme that depicts the strong elements of earth, fire, air and water. ‘Air’ is represented through a ‘frothy’ scheme of white, cream and green planting chosen to gently blow in the breeze. A streak of purple salvias add a flow of energy through the garden and a large bowl richly planted with a shock of orange and yellow flowers characterise ‘Fire’. An eye-catching water feature and calming pool with a riven-slate circle completes the overall scheme and was designed to show the ‘Earth’.
For more information on energy-efficient and renewable technology from Worcester, Bosch Group visit www.worcester-bosch.co.uk
Sue Pennington, consumer brand manager at Worcester, Bosch Group.