Jewson’s grand gesture

Published:  27 May, 2014

Jewson has donated £250 worth of materials to a finalist in the Garden Designer of the Year competition at the 2014 Grand Designs Live Show in London, which was held on 3-11 May.

Samantha Levitt contacted Jewson for support with donations to create her own, one-of-a-kind garden.

Ms Levitt, a chartered architect with a passion for gardening and landscape design, was one of four regional finalists in the competition. She reached out to companies to aid with her design and the Leatherhead branch of Jewson was keen to help.

This donation enabled Ms Levitt to showcase her architectural talent on a national platform. Her garden design was based upon the idea of a prism, reflecting light and dividing the garden into areas. Each area was represented by a different use of colour, levels and building materials.

The materials Jewson donated included plywood, polythene and concreting sand, which were used for housing the planting, creating seating and pond areas, plus general fixtures and fittings. All the donated materials were sent to the workshop pre-cut, ready for construction and three-days assembly on-site in London.

Ms Levitt said: “I am so grateful for the donation from Jewson, it enabled me to successfully complete my design for the competition. It is great that companies like Jewson recognise the importance of design and innovation and support the smaller players. For me to be able to showcase my design at the large scale London event meant so much to me.”

Mark Smith, Leatherhead branch manager at Jewson, said: “When the request came through I didn’t hesitate in saying ‘yes’, this was a great opportunity for both Samantha and Jewson. Having her design make the final of Grand Designs Live and for our materials to appear as part of the show is excellent!”

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