Weʼre raising £5,000 to build a permanent garden to celebrate the 100th birthday of the formation of the Royal Air Force at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018.
- Worcester, UK
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The RAF100 Celebration Garden 'Memories of Service'
On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday. We want to celebrate this occasion and the history of the Royal Air Force by building a permanent RAF100 tribute garden as an RAF100 Appeal official project.
We have a fantastic opportunity to create a poignant and fitting tribute to the RAF. All Funds raised will help to build the garden including the purchase of materials, plants and bespoke sculpture.
About the Garden
The garden will be a celebration of the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1918. In addition the garden will be a fitting tribute to the ending of the First World War one hundred years ago.
The show garden will feature references to the heritage of the RAF but will also look to the future.
The garden will be entered through steel panel gates that will be laser cut with the words RAF100 to commemorate this significant milestone in the RAF’s proud history.
Surrounded on four sides by hedging two sides will include Corten steel panels, laser cut with different periods reflecting the RAF’s proud history.
The garden is crossed by four elliptical shaped pathways which are informed by the shape of a four bladed propeller. The pathways arrive at a semi-circular seating area, a space for reflection and discussion which will feature a central sculpture.
A mixture of topiary shaped balls will be a reference to radar and the so called ‘Golf Balls” at RAF Fylingdales and at the former RAF Defford in Worcestershire.
White barked Birch trees reflecting peace will also reference the birch ply of early aviation and air frames. Perennial planting will reflect the ‘colours’ (claret, blues and white) of the RAF dress and tie but also to evoke the billowing of clouds and vapour trails.
Martyn will military charities or organisations to maintain the garden in the long term, particularly those charities or organisations that support sufferers of PTSD, mental health issues or veterans experiencing loneliness. This will enhance the support to local veterans, giving them a purpose and an environment to support each other through physical activity and for PTSD sufferers an opportunity to engage with a local support group.
The Designer & the Royal Air Force
Martyn Wilson is a multi-award winning garden designer based in Worcester, Worcestershire (Wilson Associates Garden Design) most recently winning a coveted gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
He started his show garden career by designing and building his first show garden to support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in 2014 winning an RHS silver medal.
Martyn joined the RAF in 1988 with tours at RAF Brize Norton, RAF Bruggen (Germany), RAF Odiham and detachments to the Royal Tournament, London and on NATO peacekeeping to Palermo, Sicily.
Martyn is one of four generations of his family who have served in the RAF including his grandfather and father. His brother and sister-in-law are both currently serving and are stationed at RAF Brize Norton.
So as you might imagine these celebrations are of great personal significance to Martyn and his family.
Martyn's grandfather serving in World War 2.
His father also served joining as a boy apprentice.
Martyn serving at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.
In 1940 at the time of the Battle Of Britain, If not for the bravery and great sacrifice of our young fighter pilots and all serving personnel, I for one would not be here today to enjoy the freedom they strove to give me and this great country, I will be forever in their debt. Mr Meredith.
How you can help us seize this opportunity
This is an excellent opportunity for you or your company to publically show your support to RAF veterans and serving personnel by sponsoring the permanent Royal Air Force Centenary Garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May 2018.
We have already received generous offers of support to help create this tribute. But we still need additional funds to help create this garden.
With your help we can reach this target. Perhaps you, your relative or friend served in the Royal Air Force.
Perhaps you are an aircraft enthusiast.Perhaps you or your business works closely with the RAF. Or would you like to help recognise the debt we owe to the Royal Air Force.
Please donate to this fund to help us create this RAF100 Centenary Garden as a permanent and fitting tribute to the RAF at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018.
Hi, JP would like to honour the memory of his great uncle Lesley Perry who was a flying officer with Lancaster B111 PB303. He died November the 1st 1944. The aircraft was lost near Bergen op Zoom in the southern part on the Netherlands. May this be a fitting tribute in his memory, the Malverns have also always featured in the family life of the Perry’s.
We are offering you a number of great opportunities to be involved but hurry they are limited!
For a donation of just £20 you can have your name added to the show garden leaflet/plant list and be listed as a contributor.
For a donation of just £60 you can receive a commemorative booklet of the RAF100 Centenary Garden design, build and the show.
The first 200 donations of £100 will have their initials and surname included on Corten steel feature panels on the garden. These panels will be added as permanent feature when the show ends and remain on the garden permanently.
Perhaps you would like to remember a relative or friend who served in the RAF. Or how about as a great present to a loved one.
I hope you manage to raise the money to make this happen.In memory of all those who gave their lives in the service of our country. Mr Jennery.
With your help we can reach the target required to create this fabulous garden. Any donation from £500 - £5,000 (headline Sponsor) will be greatly received and will automatically benefit from a range of promotion opportunities that may include the following:
We can offer the following benefits to sponsors/supporters:
Inclusion in of sponsors details/title or logo in press releases Nationally and Regionally.
Opportunity for potential coverage on BBC 2 Gardeners World, BBC Midlands Today, BBC Hereford and Worcs radio and others.
Promotion on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Sponsors logo (headline Sponsor) laser cut into panels to be placed permanently on the show garden.
Sponsors (donations over £2K) details and logo on board to the front of the garden next to medal award.
Inclusion of sponsor in RHS Malvern Spring Festival show brochure (approx. 20,000)
Exposure to public footfall of approximately 100,000 people at RHS Malvern Spring Show.
Additional exposure/footfall to further Three Counties events including the Three Counties Agricultural Show 80,000-90,000 and the RHS Malvern Autumn Show 80,000 and many others.
Inclusion within show garden specific literature including 2,000 leaflets/plant lists
Attendance to the show and invite onto the garden for press shoots and VIP events.
Promotion via the RHS/Three Counties PR teams.
Every pledge of support will be greatly appreciated, whatever its size, but additionally there are other ways that you can help us to reach our target:
We are proud to be able to support Martyn in this endeavour. The garden is a fitting tribute to the RAF and we know that it will bring many people immense pleasure for many years to come. Well done Martyn, we're right behind you.
How else can you help us?
Every pledge appreciated, whatever its size, but additionally there are other ways that you can help us to reach our target.
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Mar 20, 2018
Fabulous seeing you on Saturday. I would like to donate the £100 to have a name engraved. Please can you let me know when you need the name, or I could email it to Donna? Looks amazing. Gilly x
Mar 11, 2018
Good luck Martyn! A very worthy cause.
Mar 10, 2018
I keep meaning to ask you how I can donate but now the answer has been laid before me on a plate.All the best mate,Simon
Mar 10, 2018
Hi MartynThanks for your recent e-mail. Of course I would like to still donate and remember my brother Colin by an engraving on the wall. All the best for raising the remaining funds.Barry
Mar 7, 2018
Great memorial tribute. Wishing you every success with the garden!
Mar 6, 2018
Congratulations on your success with getting this garden up and running
Mar 5, 2018
Good luck with it all Martyn. Regards Denise
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Hi my name is Martyn Wilson I am an award winning Garden Designer and have previously served in the Royal Air Force along with three generations of my family including my brother and sister-in-law who are both currently serving.
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