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‘Fantastic’ SBD Garden proves a hit at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

The Secured by Design garden proved a hit at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week, with thousands of visitors dropping in on the unique crime prevention garden.

The garden, which incorporates proven techniques to deter opportunistic burglars, was created by two students at Capel Manor College’s School of Garden Design and Plantsmanship in Enfield, who won a competition sponsored by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, and run in collaboration with the Met Police Designing Out Crime Team in North East London and the College.

The two students, Lucy Glover and Jacqueline Poll, have been at the show all week, greeting visitors as well as explaining what they included to make the garden safe, secure and sustainable, as well as looking ascetically pleasing.

As well as members of public, many famous faces have dropped in on the garden, including television personality, gardener, poet and novellist Alan Tichmarsh, gardening writer and television broadcaster Peter Seabrook MBE, and gardener, garden designer, best-selling author, columnist and presenter on BBC Gardeners' World Nick Bailey.

The Garden also featured on BBC2’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show programme on Saturday evening, where host Nick Bailey commented “The garden is looking fantastic”.  He continued “I have to say I think you guys have done a brilliant job of being able to integrate what is beautiful, very subtle planting with this fantastic security idea. Well done”.

The garden was awarded a Silver Medal in the Show Garden category at the prestigious show.

Lucy Glover said: ”I have loved the process of creating the garden and seeing my design coming to life. The team has been fantastic, and it’s been fun, if hard work. I’m very grateful for the opportunity”.

Jacqueline Poll said: “What an opportunity it has been creating a Hampton Court garden. I’ve learnt loads and have enjoyed working with a fab team. I am proud of the final finished garden which I think is a beautiful, relaxing place. It has been fab to see my planting design brought to life”.

Lucy Glover: Lucy has just completed the Royal Horticultural Society accredited Foundation Degree in Garden Design and Plantsmanship at Capel Manor College.

Jacqueline Poll: Jacqueline has just completed the Royal Horticultural Society accredited Foundation Degree in Garden Design and Plantsmanship at Capel Manor College.

Capel Manor College: Capel Manor College is London’s leading land-based college, offering a wide range of full and part-time courses for young people and adults, including their renowned floristry, garden design and horticulture programs.

Secured by Design: Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, aim to achieve sustainable reductions in crime through design and other approaches to enable people to live in a safer society.

We have more than 200 SBD trained police officers and staff in Police Forces around the UK. These Designing Out Crime Officers work with architects, developers and local authority planners to build in tried, tested and proven crime prevention techniques at the planning stage to reduce crime and keep communities safe.

SBD seeks to reduce crime by combining minimum standards of physical security like doors, windows and locks that achieve SBD’s Police Preferred Specification standard and proven design principles of the built environment such as natural surveillance and defensible space.

Whilst police are unable to recommend specific products, SBD can act as an effective gatekeeper and signposting service to our 650 member companies and their products, which meet our rigorous Police Preferred Specification standards.

Members’ products range from secure and robust doors, windows and locks through to cutting-edge IT products, CCTV components, and shutters and barriers. SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security products in the UK.