Local boy is a green guru

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Bridport & Lyme Regis News – Adrianne Maslen – 16 February 2011

AWARD-WINNING young gardener Hugo Bugg will be hoping to wow crowds once again at a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) show. The former Falmouth College student has built a rooftop garden for next week’s RHS London Plant and Design Show 2011.

Hugo was chosen as one of two rising stars of the gardening world to build a contemporary garden championing the use of green-roof gardening in the city. The 23-year-old won Best in Show and RHS Young Designer of the Year at the RHS Flower Show last year.

Designing the other garden is Melissa Jolly, who won a top award for her show garden at BBC Gardeners’ World 2010. They will demonstrate how green-roof gardening and living-wall planting can be stylish as well as good for the environment. With a budget of £5,000 to build his garden, Hugo needed a shelter to set up before the exhibition next weekend.

Farmer Robert Holloway loaned his barn at Locke Farm, Halstock, for two weeks, where the construction is protected from the elements by only few straw bales. Battles with the straw and a leaky roof have added to the adventure.