Saturday, 3 September 2016

Wellington Living Legacy Garden

Hello

After a wonderful catch up with everybody on Five on Friday yesterday, today we're mooching around Wellington College again admiring their gardens and buildings on a warm but slightly drizzly day.

2015 marked the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo which had a huge significance in shaping Britain and Europe as we know them.  The Living Legacy Garden was exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in commemoration of the Battle together with the legacy that the Duke of Wellington left behind, Wellington College, and to raise funds for the College's Prince Albert Foundation which helps talented youngsters from backgrounds of significantly limited means to attend the College.

A lot of the garden has symbolic meaning  linking the conflict and area of the Battle with the College grounds and ethos.



Conflict of battle represented by the earth, gravel and distressed poles, a lone figure is partially hidden by the undergrowth, looking from the Battle site along the water representing the passage of time to the open gates of the College.

The gate partially open, welcomes people to the College. The walls echo the College architecture.

The water rippling in the rill suggests progress.

Students were encouraged to write their names on the bricks as they used to in the College, showing the generations passing through.

Eight bublle jets quietly symbolise the eight aptitudes central to the teaching ethos.



The walls are built in the same style as those at Hougoumont Farm, a key location at the Battle.

In the Spring when the flowers are out, the colours represent the flags and uniforms.

Hopefully the College will open it up to the public at that time of year to be able to enjoy the colour, but the grasses wafting about were a joy to see.

During Chelsea, over £1 million was donated to the Foundation through hospitality events arranged there by Old Wellingtonian Anthony Esse and his Company.

Cheerio

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