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Chelsea Flower Show debut for Kentford Animal Health Trust's 'calming' DNA design garden

The Kentford-based Animal Health Trust has been granted its own garden at the Chelsea Flower Show which will run between May 19 and May 23 of next year.

Designs for the garden have been drawn up by award-winning garden designer Sam Ovens and will include a structure influenced by the shape of a double helix.

There will also be trees, grasses and flowers alongside a bench, arch, pavilion and board walk.

The garden has been designed by award-winning garden designer Sam Ovens
The garden has been designed by award-winning garden designer Sam Ovens

The design represents the important research into DNA conducted by Animal Health Trust in the hope of curing cancers, epilepsy and other life-threatening conditions faced by animals.

While the garden has not yet been constructed, the plan is to place emphasis on texture, movement and green space.

The Barbour Foundation has supported and assisted the Animal Health Trust in the creation of the garden, which is intended to be a calming place for peaceful contemplation.

Kevin Clements, director of fund-raising and marketing at the trust, offered his thanks to the Barbour Foundation for its ongoing support.

“We are delighted that the Animal Health Trust garden will feature at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2020 and want to express our thanks to Dame Margaret Barbour and the Barbour Foundation for their generous support to fund the garden.”

Animal Health Trust employs over 250 scientists, vets and support workers and is the only charity in the UK that operates a genetics research programme.

This aims to ensure that increasing numbers of pets are leading happy, healthy lives with their owners for many years.