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Stars drop in on SBD Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

It’s been a busy week at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and the unique crime prevention garden which incorporates proven techniques to deter opportunistic burglars has had many famous faces dropping in on it.

Television personality, gardener, poet and novellist Alan Tichmarsh, Peter Seabrook MBE, gardening writer and television broadcaster, and Nick Bailey, gardener, garden designer, best-selling author, columnist and presenter on BBC Gardeners' World, all came to view the garden.   

The garden, which has been created by two students at Capel Manor College’s School of Garden Design and Plantsmanship in Enfield, after they won a competition sponsored by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, and run in close collaboration with the Met Police Designing Out Crime Team in North East London and the College, won a Silver Medal in the Show Garden category at the prestigious show.

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

To see more photographs and video clips of this fantastic garden, follow @securedbydesign on Twitter. We'll be posting updates throughout the week.

The show is open for the rest of the week from 10:00 to 19:30 daily, and from 10:00 to 17:30 on the final day, Sunday 8 July.

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.