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The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden

The RAF Benevolent Fund will unveil its first ever garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  The garden will feature a sculpture of a young pilot looking up at the sky. Standing at four metres tall and constructed from 1,200 layers of laser cut stainless steel, the state-of-the-art sculpture will be imposing and a moving tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve in the RAF. 

The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden by garden designer John Everiss for Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The RAF Benevolent Fund garden has been designed to allow visitors to sit and reflect on the service and sacrifice of all the RAF and civilian personnel and we hope will inspire viewers to look into their own history and speak to family and friends about their connections to the RAF.  

The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden by garden designer John Everiss for Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Jason Shauness, Director Fundraising and Communications at the RAF Benevolent Fund said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for the RAF Benevolent Fund and we are incredibly grateful to Project Giving Back and the RHS for making it happen. We’ve had a tough couple of years but we are excited to be able to share our journey with our supporters and the general public. We are delighted to be working with award-winning garden designer John Everiss whose father served in the RAF.” John’s father Stan, a navigator on Stirling bombers, survived after being shot down over occupied France in 1943. After being hidden by local resistance fighters he was eventually guided over the Pyrenees and eventually reunited with his family after four months.  

The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden by garden designer John Everiss for Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Award winning Garden Designer John Everiss said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the RAF Benevolent Fund on our Chelsea Garden 2022. My father was an RAF navigator during WW2, so I have grown up hearing the amazing stories of veterans and their families.  As a member of the RAF Family, the opportunity to be able to thank them and highlight the fantastic work the charity does is a privilege for me and my team, we really can't wait to get going!”

The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden by garden designer John Everiss for Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Funding for the garden is being provided by Project Giving Back, a new support scheme enabling charities to create a garden at the world-renowned show.  Following Chelsea, the garden will be relocated to a permanent site at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Plant List

Digitalis ferruginea
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
Osmunda regalis
Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'
Tellima grandiflora
Euphorbia palustris
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fen's Ruby'
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'
Saxifraga umbrosa
Geranium 'Brookside'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'
Betula nigra
Crataegus monogyna
Sanguisorba minor
Disporopsis pernyi
Polygonatum verticillatum 'Rubrum'
Amsonia ciliata
Bergenia ciliata
Camellia sasanqua 'Cleopatra'
Thalictrum pubescens
Libertia chilensis