'Memories of Service' RAF100 Centenary Garden by Martyn Wilson


Garden Award: Gold

Designer: Martyn Wilson

Contractor: Jody Lidgard

Memories of Service is a celebration of the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1918 also commemorating the ending of the First World War a century ago and is inspired by the designers own service in the RAF. 

Entered through gates at each corner four elliptical pathways cross the garden to a central seating area and sculpture evoking the shape of propellers. Sculptural steel panels are cut with references to the heritage of the RAF whilst also looking to the future.

Hedging creates a sense of enclosure and topiary balls a reference to radar whilst Birch trees reference the early plywood airframes. Herbaceous planting contains the colour palette of the RAF.

Five Key Plants in the Garden

  • Taxus Bacatta
  • Buxus Sempervirens
  • Betula
  • Briza Media
  • Astrantia Roma

About the Designer

Martyn is an award winning garden designer winning 4 RHS medals including a gold medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and RHS Peoples Choice award at RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

He has designed and built award winning show gardens to support a number of charities including the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Primrose Hospice (Bromsgrove) and Urological Cancer Charity UCARE.

Martyn has previously served in the RAF including Germany and Sicily.

Martyn has worked in garden maintenance at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire and for clients in the Cotswolds and the Vale of Evesham and also worked in amenity maintenance.  His interest in Garden Design led him to study Professional Garden Design at the Cotswold Gardening School.

Martyn’s Garden Design practice works with both domestic and commercial clients where commissions range from Georgian courtyard gardens, to suburban residential gardens to public spaces. Drawing on his environmental credentials, Martyn works in partnership with his clients to create spaces that are inspired by and work in harmony with the natural and built environment.