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Thorndown supply Wood Paint to The Flood Resilient Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

We are thrilled to have supplied wood paint to The Flood Resilient Garden at the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show!

The garden was created by prolific garden designer, journalist and author, Naomi Slade (who we named our Slade Green Wood Paint after), and Dr Ed Barsley, founder of The Environmental Design Studio.

Our paint factory is based in Glastonbury, Somerset, the beautiful county reputedly known as ‘Sumersata’, meaning ‘the land of the summer people’ as historically the land was flooded during the winter months so the people only came down from the hills in summer. Flooding is a part of our landscape and something that makes the Somerset Levels and rich wetlands within so unique and stunning, but global warming is affecting Somerset as it is the majority of the world and has led to more frequent, extensive flooding, often not just confined to the winter months.

The Flood Resilient Garden demonstrated planting and landscaping tricks that can be used to defend against, work with, and tolerate flooding. It is set in a beautiful natural space, rich in planting and perfect for people and nature.

It was a pretty wet Chelsea with numerous deluges of rain that were a great test for the garden and the highly water-repellent nature of our Wood Paint. You can see how the wood paint coating repels water on the picture of the pergola below.

Bishop Blue Wood Paint was applied to the wall bordering the edge of the garden to represent the interior wall of the home, with RAL 7021 Black Grey painted on the pergola, and Cavepool Grey on windowsills with a diluted wash on the compost bin.

If you weren’t able to make it to Chelsea then take our virtual tour of the gorgeous garden here.