Former RAF Senior Aircraftsman Martyn Wilson is one of four amateur garden designers who have been selected to create a centrepiece show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Martyn from Worcester, wowed judges of the Festival Gardens initiative and beat off fierce competition to obtain a £3,000 bursary.
'The Journey in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund' is a garden based on a field of war. Martyn's concept focussed on creating a juxtaposition of two themes – reflection and conflict.
Martyn incorporates reds and whites that he says represents the blood and bandages of a wartime field hospital.
The use of white also aims to bring the theme of peace to the garden. Props such as helmets and original postcards sent to Worcestershire from the front line will feature in the garden.
Martyn hope that the garden resonates with everyone that sees it and makes people appreciate what the Armed Forces go through to keep us safe.
Picking the RAF Benevolent Fund as his charity to support was an obvious choice for Martyn. He retired from the RAF after serving for eight and a half years, both in Germany and during the Gulf War, as a Senior Aircraftsman. His brother and sister-in-law are still in active service and his father and grandfather were also RAF airmen.
former RAF senior aircraftsman, 42-years-old Nevertheless his entry, dedicated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, received a silver flora award from the RHS judges.
On Friday 9 May Martyn's garden received a silver flora award from the RHS judges.
Martyn says: "I was absolutely stunned. But I was probably even more surprised when the Princess Royal stopped at the stand and said she couldn't believe it had been created by an amateur.That really made my day."
The RHS Malvern Spring Festival Gardens runs until 11 May 2014.