For our centenary we're working with award-winning garden designer Sarah Eberle to create a garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.
While marking the past 100 years of forestry this garden looks ahead to the big challenges facing our forests in the future. The garden will suggest potential solutions to protect the nation’s woods and forests against a changing climate, including the increasing threats of pests and diseases.
The Resilience Garden design is inspired by the revolutionary Victorian gardener William Robinson who introduced the notion of the ‘wild garden’ through his experimental planting and gave 1,000 acres of woodlands to the Forestry Commission as part of the Gravetye Estate in Sussex.
We continue to experiment with tree planting trials to prepare for different climatic conditions and the increased threat from pests and diseases, and to create spaces for wildlife. As a result we are growing a greater diversity of tree species in our forests and advising private owners on how they manage their woodlands for the future.
Visualisation of The Resilience Garden
Set in the British countryside the garden will feature thousands of species, including trees and plants. Several habitats will mimic the existing and projected effects of climate change, including warmer, drier summers and wetter winters.
A farmyard grain silo will appear at the centre of the garden, styled as the workshop of the designer to experiment and research suitable trees and plants for the future.
The Resilience Garden is a project initiated by the William Robinson Gravetye Charity and is sponsored by Gravetye Manor Hotel & Restaurant, the Kingscote Estate, Forestry Commission and the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. DEFRA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are project partners.