Project information

One in Six Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The garden’s design was created by a group of young adults with mental health problems in a series of weekly workshops. Their innovative design was awarded a space at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower show and they will go on to grow, manage, build and bring their design to life in a very public way.

November 2013 - May 2014

Charity information

Squeaky Gate

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  • Need


    Mental ill health is so common that at any one time around one in six people of working age in the UK have a mental health problem, most often anxiety or depression. The One in Six Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show brings mental health into a very public domain to raise awareness, reduce stigma and encourage the public to consider their own mental health and tips for wellbeing.


    The on-going design, garden-building and growing of plants will be undertaken by individuals experiencing mental health problems through a series of weekly workshops that will also offer accredited learning.

    Through this approach Squeaky Gate again demonstrates that mental health problems are no obstacle to achievement at the highest levels.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To work with our students to create an exciting garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014.


    » Through a series of collaborative workshops each with clear outputs towards the garden implementation.

    The Squeaky Gate 'One in Six' Garden has already been given approval to be built for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2014. This project will be implemented by our students.

    Aim 2

    To encourage members of the public to positively engage with our students and their beautiful work.


    » To invite those viewing the garden to contribute ideas to the 'Wellbeing Wall'; to study the symbolism in the design and find inspiration from it.

    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show attracts 35000 visitors per day and it is through this mass engagement with the public that we will showcase our student's abilities through the garden.

    Aim 3

    To raise awareness of Squeaky Gate and the creative work we do with our student through music.


    » The garden is 'playable' and incorporates musical structures in the design to showcase the work Squeaky Gate does for those with mental health issues.

    We will be taking every opportunity to publicise the work we're doing with our students to build our reputation as excellent creative music educators for the socially excluded.

  • Impact


    Our project is a bold testament to the fact that creativity grows in unusual places. Every positive experience that a visitor to the garden has, builds against the stigma of having a mental health issue.

    For those at risk of social exclusion through their mental health issues, the opportunity to do something affirmative and beautiful with their time builds self-confidence and expands the range of options available to them going forward as they rebuild their lives.


    We risk not being able to raise enough money to involve as many students as we'd like to in the project.

    We've addressed this risk by seeking a broad variety of funding and sponsorship sources as well as by creating a series of workshops to involve as many students as possible.


    We'll have a regular newsletter of progress emailed to donors as well as photographic and video evidence of our work. At the end of the project, we'll do a formal evaluation of the impact that our garden has had and invite feedback from those who viewed the garden, our students and donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Contractor Fees Chelsea approved contractor to build garden structure with our students.
      £5,000 Project Workshops A series of four workshops for students to implement garden design
      £5,000 Materials Plants and materials needed to build the garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
      £2,500 Workwear & Equipment Safety workwear and onsite equipment machinery
      £2,500 Transport & Sundries Mini-bus transport of students, entry fees, printing, student refreshments onsite.
  • Background


    Our students will be working on the project from East London, Cambridge and Birmingham and bringing their work together for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2014.


    All of our students come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and all face social exclusion as a result of poor mental health, homelessness, being young offenders or ex-offenders or having recovered from addiction.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Squeaky Gate is an exceptional music education charity which works with those at risk of social exclusion and marginalised social groups. We believe that by offering our accredited programmes of music aeducation that our students are presented with broader choices about how to direct their futures.

    We have an excellent success rate and take pride in removing the barriers to education. We work creatively and empathetically to make work everyone can be proud of.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Herrington

    Paul works for Squeaky Gate as a Mental Health Support worker. He's also an RHS Chelsea medal-winning garden designer and co-founder of Squeaky Gate.

    Richard Todd, Head Gardener At Anglesey Abbey (National Trust)

    Richard Todd has supported our project since it's inception and has taken a keen interest in finding ways for community groups to engage with project.

    Cambridge Botanic Gardens

    Staff at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens have supported our project since its inception and continue to do so in many practical and inspiring ways.


Will pay for two plants for our RHS Chelsea Garden