29 Mar 2007

Angus Thompson Bound For Chelsea

29 March 2007

Oxford based gardener Angus Thompson, 37, is breaking new ground at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show on 22 May with a specially designed garden for The Children's Society called 'Lust for Life'.

Before branching into garden design, Thompson was a singer/songwriter with three albums under his belt. So has the career change brought any benefits? "My fiancé tells me that the gardener in Desperate Housewives always takes his shirt off when cutting the hedge and is never short of attention…All sounds good, but the trouble is, I have my own demanding housewife to deal with!" said Thompson.

Thompson is delighted to be exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time and the support Iggy Pop has given. He said: "The unlikely marriage between Iggy and the RHS creates a delicious tension, especially if he crowd surfs all over the salvias. But a bit of rock n' roll at a bastion of the English establishment adds excitement."

The Iggy Pop song, Lust for Life, inspired Thompson's original design for The Children's Society garden. Thompson explained "The Lust for Life garden reflects children's zest and energy for life and the potential of childhood. An arc of water pulses in rhythmic bursts to the beat of the song at the heart of the garden."

Iggy Pop said: "Lust for Life is full of optimism as young people should be...but too many aren't. I'm honoured that The Children's Society's garden is inspired by my music and wholeheartedly support the work that they do - they rock!"

The Children's Society garden is sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 22 - 26 May 2007.

Notes to Editors:

For more information or photographs about The Children's Society garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show please contact David Hudi-Dinnage in the media team on 020 7841 4422 or dhd@childsoc.org.uk

· The Children's Society is a leading national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. We provide vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else.
· Visit The Children's Society website at www.childrenssociety.org.uk
· Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, schools, the care sector, churches and historic buildings.
· Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, it now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home, travel and wedding insurance, selling through brokers and direct.
· Ecclesiastical also provides a range of financial services through IFAs and direct, including an ethically screened investment fund.
· Visit www.ecclesiastical.com