Disposables packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has been rewarded for its efforts to showcase the benefits of compostable packaging, working in partnership with Sparsholt College Hampshire, with their ‘Paper Chase' garden awarded Gold, and ‘The Best RHS Discovery Exhibit' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Designed and created by a team of 21 Extended Diploma Horticulture students from Sparsholt College, led by lecturer Chris Bird, The Paper Chase is located in the new ‘Discovery' area of the Great Pavilion.
The garden's five main sections portray a strong environmental message, intended to enthuse and educate everyone with the merits of sustainability, composting and waste recycling; and show a facet of paper production, subsequent use and re-use.
John Young, foodservice sales and marketing director for Huhtamaki's UK, said: "The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is world famous, and it has been a real honour to be involved with such a prestigious event.
Plants for The Paper Chase garden have been grown in compost created from the disposal of Huhtamaki's environmentally sustainable BioWare paper cups, which have been composted at an open air composting facility, run by The Woodhorn Group, in a 12-week process. Elements of the garden design are drawn from the manufacturing process and supply chain of the cups, from seedling to disposal.