Colne firm wins award at Tatton Park Flower Show

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A COLNE company is celebrating after putting together a winning display at the Royal Horticultural Society Show in Tatton Park.

Family run firm Kedel, which is based in Daisy Mill, helped put together the “Waterproof and Futureproof” garden which scooped a silver medal at the prestigious flower show.

The eco-friendly firm was commissioned to work with designer Tim Fowler to produce a garden made from recycled materials that would be long-lasting and relatively low maintenance.

Marketing and sales manager Dermot Walch said: “We worked with Tim’s design and developed raised beds, planters and fences from recycled plastic. It was a real honour to be a part of the project and we were absolutely over the moon to come out with a silver medal. It was a challenge to combine the materials and come up with a garden haven but was something we all really enjoyed and are immensely proud of.”

The raised beds which featured in the “Waterproof and Futureproof” garden will be going to a good home, making up part of a sensory garden at a school in Liverpool for children with learning disabilities.

Dermot said: “We work with schools across the country to help them build gardens and outdoor classrooms. The materials we use allow them to create child friendly, long lasting gardens.”

Kedel was founded two years ago by brothers, Kieran, Lewis and Dermot Walch and stemmed from a bright gardening idea.

Dermot said: “Kieran came up with an idea for a composter made from a barrel which had been traditionally used for transporting apples. He added frames to it and found that it rotted food much more quickly than your average composter. We started marketing the product and it did really well and the business grew from there.

“People are becoming more aware that the should recycle and of the benefits of using recycled products, As well as using plastic in our products we also use polystyrene. As 30% of landfill is made up of polystyrene it is great that we are finding a use for the material.”

Kedel caters for the commercial, educational and domestic markets and has recently taken on a major contract making plastic picnic benches for national housing firm Anchor Trust.

For more information about the company visit www.kedel.co.uk