20 May 2009

photograph of Sophie Ellis-Bextor Sophie Ellis-Bextor made a beeline for The Children's Society Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s opening day to show her support and admiration for the charity’s gold-medal winning plot.

Sophie, singer, mother and long-term supporter of The Children's Society said: "Well done to everyone at The Children's Society on their gold medal winning success at Chelsea. I love spending time in the garden with my children and The Children's Society garden created a perfect environment for this. I hope it encourages more families to get together in their gardens, enjoying planting, digging and watching things grow."

Aldo Zilli and his wife Nikki opened The Children's Society Garden and were later joined by Jo Brand, another supporter of the charity.  Other celebrities who beat a (garden) path to The Children's Society Garden included Floella Benjamin OBE, Moira Stuart, Jennie Bond, Geoff Hughes, Rolf Harris CBE and Will Young.

Floella Benjamin OBE

Photograph of Floella Benjamin"Huge congratulations to everyone at The Children's Society for another Gold medal winning garden - it's a fantastic achievement.  Children and families are at the heart of The Children's Society garden with an elegant design that draws it's inspiration from The Good Childhood Inquiry.  Childhood lasts a lifetime and we need to work towards inspiring children to appreciate nature and their surroundings. So I am thrilled that both the garden and the work of The Children's Society has won this recognition.”

 Jo Brand

photograph of Jo Brand“Hurrah for The Children’s Society and their gold medal winning garden… All that was missing were some comfy deck chairs for a sit down... Otherwise a fine example of family friendly space - well done!”

A big thank you and congratulations to our designer Mark Gregory for all his hard work in delivering another award winning garden.  To find out more about our garden go to www.childrenssociety.org.uk.