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Father and son Greenwich duo bag Gold at Chelsea Flower Show
A Greenwich father and son duo joined forces to bag a top prize at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.
Current Greenwich University landscape architecture student Tom Prince, supported by 57-year-old dad and former Greenwich graduate Nigel Prince, designed a sensory garden called The Mind’s Eye for this year’s world famous flower show.
And the Princes' entry - designed for blind and partially-sighted people to provide a series of contrasting sensory experiences - was embraced by the critics, seeing them walking away with a coveted Gold Medal for Best Fresh Garden.
More than 30 years separate the pair's time studying at the university, with Nigel Prince graduating in the early 1980s before establishing a landscape design company called LDC, founded alongside fellow Greenwich graduate Ric Rowbotham. LDC was commissioned by the RNIB charity for this year's competition.
Tom Prince, aged 28, said: "It’s been an amazing experience to work with my Dad and Ric to design this garden for the RNIB.
"I was always inspired by my dad as I was growing up and to now be completing my studies at the same university as him is particularly rewarding. Winning the medal this week is the icing on the cake."
Ed Wall from the university's Department of Architecture and Landscape said the prize was a big boost for students, who, later this year, are set to attend a new state-of-the-art £76m building in Stockwell Street.
The facility will include one of the most comprehensive multi-functional green roofs in the world, with 14 distinct spaces dedicated to growing, design, energy and food production, environmental improvements and water management.
Mr Wall said: ""Our rather astounding haul of gold medals from Chelsea over the past few years points to the strength of the University’s Landscape Architecture course. A great many of our graduates are award-winning.
"Studying and working in a city like London exposes our students to world leading art, design, horticulture and architecture influences that are essential to landscape architects."
To find out more about studying at the university visit their website.
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