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Stockton Drillings As Nature Intended Garden

Yorkshire man Jamie Dunstan, 41, RHS Chelsea Gold winner in 2011 has created a visionary design for his 2013 garden; ‘As Nature Intended’.  It sees a holistic appreciation of how nature influences art, medicine and food production through sculpture and hard and soft landscaping.


With natural stone provided by Burlington Stone, barley, yew and willow sculptures by commended sculptor Emma Stothard and a sympathetic planting scheme, the garden provides an oasis of peace and quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of Main Street at RHS Chelsea.


Plants and their uses

  • Adiantum aleuticum (fern) made in to a tea to treat coughs and respiratory irritations
  • Asplenium scolopendrium (fern) is a spleen tonic
  • Asplenium trichomanes (fern) is made in to a tea as a laxative and to treat chest complaints
  • Dryopteris filix-mas (fern) is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and a treatment for tapeworms and other internal parasites
  • Polypodium vulgare traditionally used in confectionery (nougat) for its bittersweet taste and aromatic properties
  • Polypodium munitum has edible rhizomes
  • Saruma henryi is used in traditional Chinese medicine
  • Selaginella kraussiana    treats heat stroke and jaundice
  • Allium ursinum (wild garlic) its antibacterial, antifungal as well as antioxidant properties helps to lower cholesterol all parts of the plant are edible
  • Anthriscus is used for settling the digestion and is said to be of value for treating depression
  • Digitalis purpurea alba  is used for treating heart conditions
  • Gallium odoratum can be used to flavour food and drinks such as ice cream jelly and tea or vodka and is a mild sedative
  • Barley is cultivated either as feed for livestock or for human consumption (pearl barley) or for malting in beer and whisky production
  • Corylus avellana (tree) the hazel nuts can be eaten (cob nuts)and the timer is used for hurdles, thatching, furniture and fire wood
  • Salix (tree) a tough lightweight wood used for the production of cricket bats and weaving
  • Carpinus betula (hedge) a close grained heavy hard wood     used for flooring, cogs and piano mechanisms
  • Taxus baccata  used to make bows especially longbows. Also a source of paclitaxel and Taxol used in the treatment of cancer
  • Clover is used as a nitrogen fixating plant