Chelsea Flower Show


The ‘Places of Change’ Show Garden was created by the Eden Project in partnership with more than 500 volunteers and members. These volunteers were 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” ran from one end of the garden to the other.  The “spine” was designed by fellow Devonshire company, Carpenter Oak.

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. Our team supervised and mentored numerous individuals in the rehabilitation programme. Working with vulnerable people and offering them a second chance to build a brighter future is one of Irebuild’s core values.

The garden was a great success, receiving very positive feedback from both the press and members of the public. It won a Silver Medal.

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