Local firm makes royal connection with well trodden garden contribution

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, with designers Adam White and Andree Davies to her left – standing on the reclaimed Southend Pier timbers.

A THURROCK business has linked up with the Duchess of Cambridge and put the borough on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show map this year.

Ashwells Reclaimed Timber, a Bulphan-based timber reclamation specialist, provided timber reclaimed from Southend-on-Sea’s historic pier for the Back to Nature Garden, designed by landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White in collaboration with HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

A central feature of the celebrated garden is a timber woodland walkway, built by carpenter Jonny Briggs, a graduate of the Prince’s Foundation.

After visiting Ashwells timber yard in Bulphan, he selected timber reclaimed from the pier during a recent renovation – attracted to the beautiful character, created by the hundreds of thousands of visitors who’ve trodden the boards since the timber was first installed on the pier in the 1980s.

Over 10,000 people a day walked through the Back to Nature garden and the use of the reclaimed Southend Pier timber created the perfect accessible walkway to enable each visitor to get back to nature and as close as possible to the woodland planting, trees, stream and waterfall.

The garden, including the reclaimed Southend Pier walkway, will now be displayed at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (2-7 July 2019) before moving onto RHS Garden Wisely in Surrey, which will open in the autumn.