Neil's garden for modern day living

Work by an NTU alumnus will be on display at this year's BBC Gardeners' World Live show. Neil Sutcliffe (HND Graphic Design 2001) will feature his design "Sociability" in the show's Lifestyle Gardens category.

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Sociality Design by Neil Sutcliffe

Work by an NTU alumnus will be on display at this year's BBC Gardeners' World Live show. Neil Sutcliffe (HND Graphic Design 2001) will feature his design Sociability in the show's Lifestyle Gardens category.

Neil, has been running the landscaping business Creative Roots with Dad Keith since 2010. They took part in BBC Gardeners World Live in 2013 when they won a Silver Gilt RHS medal in the competition Metamorphosis where they were challenged to design a garden using a specific list of materials. As a result they were invited to apply for this latest competition by the show's manager.

Neil told us about the design for Sociability. He said: "The garden is designed to wow at the weekend without the work during the week. It is a low maintenance space providing informal areas where cooking, dining and relaxing with friends are combined.

"Using modern materials and features gives a clean, crisp feel to the garden without compromising on the sense that this is still a green space where you can enjoy being outdoors."

In the years between leaving NTU and starting Creative Roots, Neil worked at FHP. He said:"At FHP I witnessed the rise in fashion of open plan, loft style living. More recently garden design has been dominated by the idea of the outdoor room
and this design is really a combination of the two."

In preparation for the show, Neil and Keith now find themselves tirelessly planning and double checking everything. They start their build up on 25 May and have just two weeks to complete the garden – regardless of the challenges the great British climate might bring them.

BBC Gardeners' World Live will be at the NEC in Birmingham from June 11-14. Find out more and book tickets.

Find out more about Creative Roots.

Neil's garden for modern day living

Published on 28 April 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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