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Recycled garden wins prize at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden featuring recycled glass, aluminium and peat-free compost has been awarded a bronze medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Commissioned by national recycling campaign Recycle Now and sponsored by travel firm Trailfinders, the garden was designed by TV's Flying Gardener Chris Beardshaw.

He said: "The superb quality of everything in this garden challenges the perception that second-hand means second-best.

"It also encourages people to consider the real material value of the everyday products we use and to question our throw-away consumer culture."

The garden contained a water feature lined with recycled glass and aluminium tiles, and sculptural elements including a five metre-high recycled glass piece of abstract art.

Its plants, all native species to the UK, had been grown or planted in the type of peat-free compost increasingly available for domestic gardeners, often made from kitchen and garden waste.

Beardshaw added: "The Trailfinders Recycled Garden sets out to prove it is possible to achieve stunning results using our own native British plants and this more environment-friendly, sustainable compost."

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