Chelsea Flower Show, 2010

The ‘Places of Change’ Show Garden was created by the Eden Project in partnership with more than 500 volunteers and members from agencies supporting marginalised groups of people such as the unemployed, the homeless and ex-offenders.

This ambitious collaboration offered opportunities to these groups to develop skills in the design, planning, construction and horticulture.

As well as providing materials and labour, Irebuild offered mentoring and education to volunteers.

Sustainable and socially-responsible construction

The garden was set out into 5 themed zones. A timber “spine” (designed by fellow Devonshire company, Carpenter Oak) ran from one end of the garden to the other.

Irebuild provided the timber for the construction of the spine. As in keeping with our environmentally-conscious attitude, the timber was reclaimed from Irebuild demolition projects in Cornwall.

Additionally, Irebuild assisted with the construction and building of the spine, and helped to supervise and mentor numerous individuals in the rehabilitation programme. Working with vulnerable people and offering them a second chance to build brighter futures is one of Irebuild’s core values, and is something we endeavour to do on a regular basis.

The garden was a great success, receiving very positive feedback from both the press and members of the public, and went on to win a Silver Medal.

You can find out more about this project in articles from the BBC, Telegraph and the Eden Project website.