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Tatton Park 2014

A pastry chef turned garden designer scooped the silver gilt medal at this year’s RHS Garden show at Tatton Park with a garden design that incorporated a lighting scheme from Collingwood Lighting.

Belinda Belt from Greenbelt Landscape designed ‘Vogue’ on behalf of the British Association of Landscape Industries as a tranquil retreat for adults to unwind and relax. The garden, described by BBC’s Gardeners’ World, as a perfect outdoor space for a ‘swanky’ restaurant or hotel featured as its centre-piece a back-lit stencilled flower - crafted from a single piece of York stone – and paved catwalk with six semi mature trees underplanted with contemporary grasses and perennials.

The garden’s versatility was further enhanced with the inclusion of a lighting scheme from Collingwood Lighting. To highlight the texture and movement of the planting, each tree was individually lit with a Collingwood SL220A spike light.

Equivalent to a 20w halogen lamp, the 3w LED luminaire was chosen for its ‘go anywhere’ approach and flexible beam angles. Reflecting the ‘minimal maintenance’ garden concept, the lights are manufactured in anodised aluminium for longevity and come complete with a robust outdoor mains cable for easy connection.

The inspiration for the Vogue garden design came from fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, famed for both his love of outdoor entertaining as demonstrated in his own garden in Florence, and his award winning fashion design. Belinda combined these two elements to create her award winning garden design.

One key area that enthused Belinda was the use of stencils in Cavalli’s perfume bottles. This was translated into the decorative stencil feature internally lit by a Collingwood LEDLINE 400 washing light bar. With an output of 16w, equivalent to a 50w halogen, the Collingwood Ledline was chosen for its ability to produce a powerful beam of light.

According to Belinda, ‘there were a number of reasons for adding lighting to the scheme. The main ones being the ambiance created by external lighting extends the use of the garden into the evening as well as improving the security of the property.’

She continued, ‘the choice of Collingwood to supply the lighting scheme was based on the need to have a reliable quality product that reflected the construction qualities of the garden. It was also important to have a supplier that provided a high level of customer service as well as offering technical help and support – especially at the design stage’

A final thought from Belinda. ‘As a garden designer I am acutely aware the impact lighting can have on outdoor space. I also believe, it is something that should be considered at the concept stage rather than as an after-thought. To have an in – house design team, such as the one at Collingwood, create a lighting scheme and offer advice on product suitability is invaluable.