On Monday, Tusk’s conceptual garden at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Flower Show was finally unveiled to the public. The garden, which has already attracted a lot of attention, has also been awarded a silver medal from the Royal Horticultural Society and received top marks for the delivery of its powerful message on the elephant poaching crisis.
Visitors will be encouraged to walk around a ring of artificial tusk arches, symbolising the average number of Africa’s elephants slaughtered daily by poachers for their tusks. Sounds of the African savannah play around the Tusks while arid grasses, plants and acacia trees will help create a real sense of Africa.
At the end of the arched walk, the “Not for Sale” garden opens into an African savannah, where the “bones” of an elephant lie in the dust, depicting all that is left behind by the devastating illegal ivory trade. a powerful reminder of the destruction brought about by the illegal ivory trade.
The plan to use the Hampton Court Flower show to highlight the plight of African’s elephant population was announced in March with support from Royal Patron Prince William.
Dragons’ Den star and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Deborah Meaden Tweeted that she “was touched by the attentive children fascinated and concerned for the Elephants. There is hope.”
— Maureen McLean (@MomoMcLean) July 3, 2017
Tusk CEO Charlie Mayhew said: “Tusk is very excited by this unusual collaboration and delighted that Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has generously made it possible for the garden to go ahead. I am sure it will captivate the public’s imagination whilst also delivering a powerful message about the continuing plight of the African elephant.”
On their website, Tusk said they are “extremely grateful to the garden’s creators Sharmayne Ferguson and Mark Whyte of Ferguson and Whyte Garden Design, and to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, the very generous sponsors of the garden.”
“We also greatly appreciate the support of DHL, who helped transport the acacia trees all the way from Oman in readiness for the event,” the statement adds.
— Tom Hooker (@TomHooker1) July 2, 2017
Tusk Chairman Stephen Watson Tweeted that the garden sends a “powerful message you can’t fail to grasp.”
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The Hampton Court Flower Show is open today for Royal Horticultural Society members before opening to the general public tomorrow until Sunday 9th July.
For tickets to visit he show, please visit the Royal Horticultural Society website.