World Horse Welfare at RHS Chelsea 2017

In our 90th anniversary year, we are delighted to be exhibiting an artisan garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we are thrilled to say we won the People's Choice Award!

To read the garden's progress from concept to creation visit:

Download the brochure for our garden

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The World Horse Welfare Garden, funded by a private donor, will tell the story of Clippy, a pony who was rescued from a terrible situation and nursed back to health under World Horse Welfare's care. Clippy's journey begins in a small, derelict stable situated in a dark corner of the garden and surrounded by weeds, undergrowth and plants poisonous to horses. The tale of Clippy's rescue continues along a pathway of rehabilitation, which leads to a bright open meadow filled with colourful wildflowers, soothing herbs and stunning wild grasses.

See the full plant list here



Clippy is visualised in a stunning life-size sculpture created from horsehoes by renowned sculptor, Tom Hill. The sculpture features horseshoes from nearly 40 'celebrity' horses and ponies, including Olympic gold medallists Big Star and Valegro as well as three of Her Majesty The Queen's Windsor grey horses. Find out more about the sculpture and the horseshoes it features here

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Garden Designers

Design duo Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith are renowned for their ability to devise stunning, idyllic and traditional gardens which capture the imagination and showcase Britain's diverse range of native wildflowers, plants, shrubs and trees. With over 35 years' combined experience and three RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medals, Adam and Jon are bringing their classical and creative approach to The World Horse Welfare Garden, which will be their sixth appearance at the show.

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Wishes for Clippy

Visitors, guests and celebrities attending the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are invited to share their wishes for Clippy in an element of the garden which pays tribute to this special pony's unusual name. Lead rope clips which have been kindly donated, feature ribbons in various colours with space for people to share their hopes for Clippy's future. Leave your wishes for Clippy here

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Our 90 Year Legacy

World Horse Welfare would not have achieved what we have over the last 90 years without the many people that have supported the charity in a variety of different ways whether through holding fundraising events, taking action in our campaigns, rehoming a horse or leaving us a gift in their Will. Three of the many generous supporters who have left World Horse Welfare a legacy in their Will are celebrated at Chelsea through having their initials engraved in an element of the garden. These three legators are:

- Reginald Howard Triffitt

- Joan Kathleen Moore

- Mary Snelling

Thank You

The World Horse Welfare Garden at RHS Chelsea 2017 would not have been possible without the support and generosity of so many people. We would like to extend our special thanks to the following:

- An individual private donor for generously sponsoring the garden

Alpha Card, Anna Rawlinson, Bell Pottinger Services Ltd, Chris Sales, Church House Investment Management, Conway Landscapes, Geoffrey Hughes, Haygain, Horse & Hound, Harry Hall, Judy Boyt, Martin Cook, Matchmakers International Ltd, Practicality Brown, Richard Davison, Richard Waygood, Rosie Harkness, Tania Corbett, Toggi, Tom Hill and Woolcott & Smith

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