Garden Designer Lee Bestall in The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden he designed for the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This Fresh Garden was sponsored by Victoria Business Improvement District. This Fresh Garden was designed by Lee Bestall and built by Jon Housley. Isolation and loneliness is a problem for our society, many older people, particularly in urban environments, can feel lonely and isolated, The Urban Connections Garden demonstrates how the power of love and friendship can remove these feelings of melancholy, gloom and loneliness, by bringing people together in high quality communal gardens that bring about a sense of belonging, a feeling of happiness with the opportunity to make new friends and rejoice in the feeling of companionship. Garden designer, Lee Bestall, has carefully chosen the plants for The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Urban Connections Garden, choosing symbiotic plants, that are known to grow better together, to further re-enforces the message of the garden – that people are better together. The silver birch trees that feature in this garden are designed to act like beacons, drawing people in and guiding visitors to the oak seating, where they can relax, enjoy the garden and meet new friends. A new hardy, hybrid orchid – Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ is featured in this garden, named after the conservative politician, who died in April 2011, aged 49. Sir Simon Milton’s legacy and beliefs of providing training and jobs to young people, and including the older generation within a community that values and appreciates their contribution and encourages their involvement inspires The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and its charitable work.

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