“More icing than cake” says World Horse Welfare CEO on winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show People’s Choice Award for Stunning Artisan Garden


World Horse Welfare Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show wins People's Choice Award

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World Horse Welfare is on cloud 9 having been awarded the RHS People’s Choice Award for their Artisan Garden this evening. 

In response, World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said:

“We are both ecstatic and humbled to receive this award for our garden.  Throughout this exhilarating project to mark our 90th anniversary we have received incredible support at Chelsea and beyond – and the fact that so many have taken the effort to vote for us is just awe-inspiring.  The gold medal, the gorgeous weather, now the People’s Choice but above all the extraordinary impact that the garden has had on visitors and viewers throughout the week has been nothing short of sensational – it is fair to say our cake has more icing than cake just now!

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“To have got here has taken a herculean team effort.  Our garden designers Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith have put their heart and soul into telling the story of our work through such a beautiful and emotive garden.  And they have been given unflinching support by Conway Landscapes, Tom Hill Sculpture, stonemason Martin Cook, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, all of the celebrity (highly visible) horses and their owners who donated their shoes for the sculpture of Clippy, the thousands of visitors to the garden and of course the private donor who made our garden possible.

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“In 1927 World Horse Welfare’s founder established the charity to raise awareness of the plight of desperately vulnerable horses.  I really do feel that she would be so proud that we have received this breath-taking level public support this week.  But Clippy’s story was all about highlighting the need for World Horse Welfare in 2017 – please call us if you are concerned about a horse and do consider getting involved with World Horse Welfare. We simply cannot help horses without you.”