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In the flush of victory; sponsored by Environment Agency.

THE unlikely duo of loo roll and gardening were brought together in a greenfingered presentation.

An award-winning garden was installed it the grounds of SCA's Prudhoe Mill for workers and visitors to enjoy.

The Quilted Velvet Garden, created by landscape architects Urbanwear, scooped silver in the Small Gardens section of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year.

It was presented to SCA employees by the Mayor of Prudhoe, Jennifer McGee, since it was inspired by one of the company's popular brands of toilet tissue.

The garden was created using a combination of plants and flowers which incorporate various shades of pink and lilac, the official colours of Quilted Velvet tissue.

Sustainable timber and environmentally-friendly garden materials were also used, in keeping with the company's ongoing commitment to the environment.

Mrs McGee, mayor of Prudhoe and chair of the Prudhoe in Bloom Society, was delighted to formally open the toilet tissue-inspired garden, alongside staff and members of the SCA Community Consultation Forum.

She said: "Gardening is a real passion of mine and I never tire of seeing the care, attention and creativity abundant in the entries we receive through Prudhoe in Bloom every year.

"However, it was a real honour to be asked to officially open the Quilted Velvet Garden for SCA.

It's an inspired space with a beautiful selection of colours achieved through careful planting and I'm sure it will give visitors a great deal of pleasure."

Tony Richards, factory and site manager at SCA Prudhoe Mill, said: "We wanted to install the garden at Prudhoe because it is the home of Quilted Velvet. It was very important to us that the Velvet production team and their colleagues, who work incredibly hard, were able to enjoy it."

The garden is located in a south-facing courtyard at the centre of the site. It has a curved seating area with an arching planter which sweeps overhead with blue grasses, clematis and wisteria. The design allows rays of sunshine to pierce the canopies of mature specimen trees, to create playful shadows in the garden when they sway in the breeze.

Last year, staff at SCA helped your Chronicle's Go Green campaign by turning our waste office paper in to toilet rolls. We held a big clean out in our Groat Market offices, collecting four tonnes of press releases, court lists, print-outs and other assorted waste paper for recycling.

The paper was taken away for shredding before being taken to the Prudhoe Mill, where it was pulped, before being cleaned.

The pulp was then made into giant paper rolls, which were converted into smaller rolls and perforated before being packed and distributed to customers.

Plants and flowers in the Quilted Velvet Garden:

BETULA pendula 'Purpurea' - This form of native Silver Birch was selected for the dark grey-silver bark and the vibrant purple leaves. Being close to the wild form, it is good for wildlife as well as providing some light dappled shade.

Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue' - A type of speedwell with good evergreen foliage that changes to a burnished copper colour when the temperature drops.

Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis - 'The Christmas Box' provides some evergreen structure close to the patio doors leading out on to the garden as well as strongly scented flowers, which visitors to the garden should be able to smell.

Betula utilis var jacquemontii 'Greyswood Ghost' - Another Birch, but this has the impressive pure white bark that flakes away.

Fragaria vesca 'Fructo Albo' - Strawberries always taste better straight from the plant and this strawberry has yellowy/cream berries which makes it harder for the birds to see them. They taste great too.


CUTTING THE RIBBON - Jennifer McGee with Tony Richards at the official opening of the Prudhoe Mill Quilted Velvet Garden
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2008
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