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A partnership between Normandy Tourism and 1066 Country Marketing, based in Hastings and which promotes the eastern part of East Sussex, has produced a medal-winning garden at Hampton Court flower show.

The Norman medieval garden, called ‘Le Clos D’Hastings’ was designed by Normandy native Stephane Marie, the respected celebrity gardener presenter of the number one French TV horticultural show, who has a huge fan base. (The French Monty Don). The medal-winning garden is divided into two sections. The first represents the ancestral meadows on both sides of the Channel, the second a densely planted area designed like a tapestry, featuring plants from around the world that the English and Normans, with their shared passion for gardening, have enjoyed sharing for centuries.

Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country marketing, explained :- “We were very pleased to work with our friends from Normandy tourism on this project. And Stephane Marie is a great fan of 1066 Country, having previously visited the area and featured Great Dixter on his show.

“As well as helping provide financial support, 1066 Country marketing staff are on the stand every day promoting this area, including its splendid and varied gardens and parks, the 950th anniversary events, and the ROOT1066 international contemporary arts festival.

“We also helped decorate the stand, and I’m very grateful to Sue Bower of Nelson Antiques in Hastings High Street who provided a fantastic oak table, two benches and a blanket box.

“Hampton Court flower show is an incredibly popular event, with well over 100 000 visitors expected over the next few days. It is a great opportunity to market our own fantastic gardens and for us to promote the many events that are taking place here this year.”