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Great Barton designer Mike Long has been chosen to have his garden showcased at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival

A Great Barton garden designer has fulfilled one of his biggest ambitions after being chosen to showcase his work at the world’s biggest flower show this summer.

Having been approached by the Association of Professional Landscapers, Mike Long created a garden titled A Place to Meet Again which was subsequently selected to appear at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival, which takes place from July 6 to 12, as a place for fellow lanscapers and artists to meet.

“It’s a very good feeling to have been selected and I am honoured and privileged to showcase my work at Hampton Court,” said Bury St Edmunds-born Mike.

Mike Long's 'A Place to Meet Again' garden (30120251)
Mike Long's 'A Place to Meet Again' garden (30120251)

And his design was perfect for the environment-focused festival as it uses upcycled and re-purposed materials, such as scaffold bars and concrete pipes, in order to reduce landfill and challenge innovation.

“I really like interior design that uses re-purposed and upcycled materials so I wanted to bring that out to the garden,” said the former King Edward VI School pupil.

“It’s a very popular style inside so, as a garden is supposed to be another room for your house, I thought I’d incorporate that style into my design.”

Mike Long (30140326)
Mike Long (30140326)

He added: “Something I’ve always wanted to do is create and that’s at the core of what I like to do. So for me this is a really interesting, fun challenge and something I really enjoyed doing.”

It was first time lucky for 33-year-old Mike, who owns a garden design business which works across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London.

“This was the first time I’d entered the show but I just had no idea what my chances were,” he said. “The jury was very much out.”

Mike’s design will become a reality at the festival, thanks to Kebur Landscape Division, which will be carrying out the building work.

But Mike hopes that, in keeping with the design’s theme, the garden will be deconstructed carefully and given to a local charity to be reused.

“That means that the garden which was built using repurposed materials will be repurposed itself. That’s the goal,” he said.

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