John’s garden design raises £1,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance garden att he Sandringham Show with a willow helicopter made by John Shone from Rutland Willows
The East Anglian Air Ambulance garden att he Sandringham Show with a willow helicopter made by John Shone from Rutland Willows
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A GARDEN designer took a silver gilt and raised £1,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance at the Sandringham Flower Show.

John Shone, of Rutland Willows based in Ashwell, was approached by air ambulance management to design a garden to help raise awareness of the group’s work.

John, with the help of his family, jumped at the chance and got to work on a relaxing garden which he thought members of staff would enjoy on their breaks.

He said: “We went down to Norwich Airport to visit them and we saw there was a patch of land that would be perfect for the garden.

“Now that the show is finished the garden will be moved and planted at the airport.”

The garden had a water feature, a bench, a table and chairs and was filled with flowers to relax the senses. Thrown over the bench was a paramedics’ uniform to show that it was a place to 
unwind.

The centre piece of the garden was a willow helicopter made by John himself.

He said: “I was disappointed on the first day because we had been sent the wrong slabs but we made it work.

“I am really pleased with how it went.

“I think it had the desired effect and we raised awareness and money for the air ambulance.”

John has been exhibiting at Sandringham for more than a decade and will be back again next year.