Singer designs garden for county

Pop star turned gardener Kim Wilde is in Cumbria to finalise plans for a garden to be exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show next month. The Cumbrian Fellside Garden features wild flowers, dry stone walls and natural slates used as flagstones. It is one of nine ‘courtyard’ gardens which will feature at the world famous flower show.

Ms Wilde said she hopes it will inspire people to discover some of the stunning gardens in this part of the country. Ms Wilde created the garden alongside Richard Lucas, head gardener of the Lakeside Hotel in Windermere.

She said: “Gardens designed by people like William Wordsworth at Rydal Mount, and John Ruskin at Brantwood are at one with nature and the surrounding countryside. They are gardens that are unique to this breathtaking land of lakes and mountains.”

Ian Stephens, chief executive of Cumbria Tourist Board, said: “We are delighted that Kim and Richard will be profiling Cumbria’s beautiful gardens at such a major event as the Chelsea Flower Show. Cumbria and the Lake District is home to many glorious gardens and is an ideal way for visitors to spend time in the county.”