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Capel Manor College in partnership with the Met Police have won a Silver Medal at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Secured by Design Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The garden was designed by Foundation Degree students Lucy Glover and Jaqueline Poll after they won a competition sponsored by Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative to create a safe, secure and sustainable urban garden.

Lucy Glover and Jaqueline Poll

The ‘Secured by Design‘ garden features a number of discreet crime prevention features to help keep your home and garden safe. These include prickly plants, security lights and gravel pathways amongst other things.

Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh visited the garden to meet the designers Jacqueline Poll and Lucy Glover.

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Garden designers from across the globe met at London’s Landmark Hotel on Friday 27th January 2017 to celebrate the finest achievements in garden design at the annual Society of Garden Design Awards. Upcoming talent was celebrated with the presentation of the Future Designer Award for Hertfordshire Garden Designer, Daniel Shea, as industry faculty recognised emerging talent in the field.

Daniel Shea, from Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, studied Garden Design at Capel Manor’s Regent’s Park Centre, won the Future Designer Award for his Gamekeepers Cottage – a two-acre country garden in Hertford’s Letty Green. The Design features include a 15 metre reflection pool surrounded by perennial-style planting and wild flower meadows. Landscaping contractors Burnham Landscaping Ltd carried out the build.

Garden Designer Daniel Shea said: “It’s a privilege to receive the Future Designer Award and to have my work recognised by expert judges and designers. It’s great to see upcoming talent being supported and I’m hopeful the award will lead to exciting new projects in Hertfordshire in the near future.”

The SGD Judging panel said that Daniel Shea’s Game Keepers Cottage is: “an exceptional design that met the client’s brief in a bold yet sympathetic way. The design of the garden helps unify the new build into the existing site and complements both the old and the new. The articulation of space is handled with great competence and the strong, yet soft architectural planting links everything together and softens any hard lines.”

As she presented the Award BBC Garden presenter and designer Anne-Marie Powell said: “Daniel Shea is going to go on to excel at garden design and win many future awards.”

More of Daniel Shea’s work can be viewed at www.danielshea.co.uk

Image of awards - left-Right Mark Godden (Deepdale Trees) Daniel Shea (centre) Anne Marie Powell
Image of awards – left-Right Mark Godden (Deepdale Trees) Daniel Shea (centre) Anne Marie Powell


Game Keepers Cottage
Game Keepers Cottage


Game Keepers Cottage
Game Keepers Cottage
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Our Botanical Illustration courses at Regent’s Park offer students of all abilities the opportunity to improve their observational drawing skills and learn more about plants that interest them.
There are no formal entry requirements to this course. You do not need previous experience; you just need an interest in drawing and garden design.

Our courses are seasonal, focusing on plants that are prominent in the garden at that time of year. You will learn the basic skills required to create a beautiful and accurate botanical drawing.

To learn more about these three day courses and to book and pay online visit: https://www.capel.ac.uk/garden-design/regents-park/botanical-illustration.html

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Provender Nurseries in conjunction with Capel Manor College, Regent’s Park Centre have selected a winning design by Tish Potter after judging 30 entries in a garden design project submitted by students.

Tish Potter’s design was selected as the rope supports perfectly reflected other areas within Regents Park providing unity between spaces used by the public. The planting provides scent, large drifts of colour and structure with a colour scheme of dark purple through to pink with pops of soft yellow and white for visitors to enjoy. The use of trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Star of Toscana’ was selected to grow along the rope structures.


Tish Potter may already be familiar to some as before starting her garden design studies she was an actress in Holby City and Brookside. Bought up on her family farm in Kent Tish has had a love of plants and design for some time and after graduating in December 2016 will be pursuing a full time career in Garden Design.

The design brief was given to students of Garden Design as part of their coursework with the winning design being awarded a cash prize of £250.00 by Provender Nurseries. Judging took place in May by Sophie Guinness, Liz Hughes and Mark Rowe, Assistant Park Manager of Regent’s Park.

Provender Nurseries hold a garden design completion with Capel Manor College in both Enfield and Regent’s Park Centres.

Richard McKenna, Tish Potter and Betty
Richard McKenna, Managing Director of Provender Nurseries, Tish Potter and Betty the dog


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Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme, new trainees studying for RHS Level 3 Diploma with Capel Manor at Wrest Park.

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Provender Nurseries in conjunction with Capel Manor College, Enfield campus, are pleased to announce two deserving winners of the Provender Nurseries Redesign competition 2016.

Provender Nurseries sponsor a garden at Capel Manor College and have for the last 4 years selected a design that best represents the use of the space in the garden with a broad interesting range of plants that fulfil the brief.

Provender redesign 2016 Soofia Bandy

The design brief was for a couple who wish to entertain and wanted a contemporary feel to the garden with an emphasis on the colour red. The brief was given to students of Garden Design Advanced Diploma as part of their coursework. The winning designs being awarded a cash prize of £250.00 by Provender Nurseries. Plants were to be selected from Provender Nurseries website.

Judging took place in March following a visit to Provender Nurseries with Sophie Guinness and Julie Dowbiggin of Capel Manor College and Liz Hughes of Provender Nurseries with presentations from each student of their design justifying plant choice and talking through their individuals designs in detail.
The two designs selected were by Soofia Bandy and Gillian Rea.

Soofia uses multi-stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii as a focal point, Laurus nobilis ‘Bay Junior’ and an evergreen hedge of Ilex crenata ‘Glorie Dwarf’ for structure with a pallete of reds, oranges, violet reds and blacks providing impressive summer colour.
Gillian features repetition of Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’, Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’ and Astelia ‘Red Devil’ for structure with grasses and perennials providing summer and winter interest.

Soofia applies her knowledge of art and design obtained from touring in Europe to combine both traditional and contemporary approaches in her garden designs. Gillian has a love of drawing and uses her knowledge of interior design to realise her further goal of becoming a garden designer. Soofia has now finished her studies while Gillian has another year before completing.

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