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Royal Horticultural Society Garden Hyde Hall

British Sugar TOPSOIL’s HortLoam chosen for new edible garden project at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

HortLoam - British Sugar TOPSOIL’s new BS3882:2015 compliant planting topsoil launched in June – has been chosen as the base planting medium for the new Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex.

It has been mixed in a ratio two parts HortLoam with one part native clay and green waste compost to provide an open, friable and humus-rich medium ideal for growing vegetables from around the world.

 

The new garden, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust plc, which has enjoyed a long relationship with the RHS and helped develop several gardens at RHS Garden Wisley, has been designed by Suffolk-based garden and landscape designer Xa Tollemache. Her innovative circular layout for the garden is sectioned into four quarters with each representing a different continent: Europe and the Middle East, Asia, North and Central America, and South America.

 

British Sugar TOPSOIL has been working with the team at Hyde Hall   to develop the perfect mix for the oak-framed planters that will contain the vegetables. In September, 360 tonnes of HortLoam were delivered to site in 13 tonne articulated lorries. The planters were first dug out to a depth of 900mm and then backfilled with 450mm of native clay soil. The top 450mm was filled with the HortLoam/native clay/compost mix and the beds rotavated to level them off and assist with blending and settlement. Planting of the vegetables will take place in the spring.

 

HortLoam contains coarse sand and additional reserves of organic matter in the form of BSI PAS 100 & CQP compliant ‘green’ compost, giving it a more open and free-draining structure. Its coarser texture is ideal for vegetable planting schemes of this kind and provides the optimum environment for establishing young plants and encouraging healthy root growth.

 

Speaking about the  choice of HortLoam for the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, Matthew Oliver the Horticulturist that will be looking after the garden said

‘We need a soil that can provide a fine enough tilth for sowing a broad range of vegetable crops from year one. It takes a long time to get our existing clay into this condition so I am pleased that Hortloam, which is easy to work and mixes well with the existing soil was chosen to get the garden off to a great start’.

 

 

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch, who has been working on the Hyde Hall project, said: “British Sugar TOPSOIL is proud to be involved with this incredible scheme and we are very confident that HortLoam will do a great job and produce strong, healthy plants. It is the ultimate showcase to demonstrate the effectiveness of our latest product to the public and to the landscape industry and we are very grateful to the RHS and to Matthew Oliver for giving us this opportunity.”

 

The Global Growth Vegetable Garden will open next summer and it is hoped that visitors, who will be able to taste the harvested produce in the garden’s onsite restaurant, will be inspired to grow their own vegetables.

 


British Sugar Agriculture Helpdesk visit July 2014

Group Photo

RHS Cabbage Plot

Veg patch 03.07.14

Plot preparation March / April 2014


The plot was started by cultivating an area of grass field using a digger, to a depth of approximately 1ft, turning the grass/vegetation into the soil. A few weeks later the area was rotovated to break up the heavy clay soil.

Sandy grit and compost made on site at Hyde Hall was rotovated in at this stage in order to improve the structure of the soil and help with drainage. It was then left for a fortnight to settle before the wooden edging boards were put in place. One trailer load of Landscape20 was then dug into the existing soil to mix it together.

Three more trailers of Landscape20 were then put onto the bed to bring the level to the top of the boards. Finally a trailer load of Hyde Hall compost was spread over and dug in to increase the organic matter content. Left to settle for a few weeks the bed was then raked level and lightly consolidated prior to seed sowing. Brussel sprouts, cabbages, garden peas, onions (from sets), parsnips, carrots and beetroot were sown on April 24th. Since then runner beans and lettuces have been planted out. All is growing well. More tender vegetables will be planted out in the first week of June.

 

Plot 01

Plot 08

Plot 17

Plot 25

Plot 43

Plot 44

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All TOPSOIL products are developed from the soil that adheres to the sugar beet delivered to British Sugar’s factories and as such comes from the best agricultural soils in the country. After separation, the soil undergoes a gravity settlement stage prior to a lengthy conditioning process and careful storage ready for delivery to you.