An award-winning show garden commemorating the centenary of the invention of stainless steel has been unveiled at the opening of Sanctuary Group’s new development in Sheffield.
The garden, which was first seen at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2013, has been recreated in the grounds of Newton Grange, a scheme comprising 55 apartments for the over 55s.
Local MP Angela Smith attended the event to open the new development and garden with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
Sanctuary and Sheffield garden designer Phil Hirst originally worked together two years ago to create the garden which received a gold medal and went on to be crowned ‘Best in Show’ in the Large Garden category at the RHS flower show in Cheshire.
The garden was specially designed to celebrate 100 years of stainless steel and incorporates iconic features such as a trellis influenced by the city’s ‘cheese grater’ car park and a steel pergola inspired by the curved roof of the Winter Gardens.
A water feature depicts the flow of molten metal as it pours from a white hot crucible and the beautiful planting reflects the theme with metallic-coloured foliage and flowers.
Sanctuary appointed community and regeneration specialist Keepmoat to construct their new £5.5m development on Manchester Road for the area’s older residents. Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, it provides a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.
The development was a result of a long term strategic plan by Sheffield City Council to improve accommodation for older people in Stocksbridge. The Council provided the land for the development to allow this to move forward.
Located at the very heart of the steel community, Stocksbridge is a fitting permanent location for a garden inspired by 100 years of steel making in Sheffield.
MP Angela Smith said: “This development by Sanctuary is fantastic for the over 55s in Stocksbridge and is a welcome addition to the area.
“The award-winning garden is a wonderful celebration of the steel city of Sheffield and it is fitting that it should be the centrepiece of Newton Grange.”
Garden designer Phil Hirst, who attended the event and helped with the recreation, commented: “I’m really pleased that the garden I designed for the flower show now has a new lease of life. It was also good to be involved in its recreation along with the original show garden contractors, Garden Style. The garden received a tremendous reaction when we originally built it at the RHS show and I hope that it will now bring a great deal of pleasure to the residents of the Newton Grange development.”
Rob Harbourne, development manager for Sanctuary, added: “We are hugely proud of Newton Grange and the much needed new homes it has provided for the older residents of Stocksbridge.
“It is fantastic that Sanctuary’s support of the show garden two years ago has seen it returned to Sheffield, allowing our new residents to enjoy it, and what it represents, long into the future. The fact that the show garden has such a strong link to the city really is something to celebrate.”
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said: “We wanted better accommodation for older people in Stocksbridge so we provided the land for this development. It’s looking wonderful and I’m sure will be a great place to live.”