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Winners: Jody Lidgard, brother Tim, and Yuko Nagamura. Picture Submitted
Winners: Jody Lidgard, brother Tim, and Yuko Nagamura. Picture Submitted

A Breckland “pingo” found a place in a gold medal-winning show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace flower show this week.

Pingos – shallow ponds not much more than a dip in the landscape – were formed in the last Ice Age and are a unique feature of the Brecks.

A pingo features in Breckland Beauty, a show garden designed by Jody Lidgard, managing director of national and international gardening design and landscaping firm Bespoke Open Spaces in Wortwell.

An RHS description says the garden “captures the tranquil feel of the pingo and demonstrates how a sympathetic response to this natural and historic feature can lead to a greater appreciation and enjoyment of the space.

“The garden has a verdant and lush feel with various shades of green pushing to the fore.

“Aromatic planting adds another dimension, and contrasting leaf texture forms a relaxed carpet across the garden.”

Although Bespoke Open Spaces recently moved to Wortwell from Harleston, Mr Lidgard drew on his personal knowledge of the Brecks, rather than the Waveney Valley for his inspiration.

Having previously lived in Watton, family trips to place in the Brecks, like Thomson Water, influenced his design.

Mr Lidgard is also an RHS judge but this week found himself “on the other side” being judged.

“It’s much better, especially when you win gold,” he said.

The garden was constructed by his own workforce and colleague Yuko Nagamura flew in from Japan to assist with the planting.

Bespoke Open Spaces is in the process of relocating to Wortwell and Mr Lidgard said it would become a hub, offering courses in gardening and landscape design.

The Brecks date back to the Stone Age, are unique to the UK, boast rare flora, fauna and wildlife, and attract more than 1.5 million visitors every year.

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