Wolverley garden designer selected as finalist at Grand Designs Live

Kidderminster Shuttle: TOP FOUR: Ben Harrison, 23, is in the running to be named Garden Designer of the Year. TOP FOUR: Ben Harrison, 23, is in the running to be named Garden Designer of the Year.

A WOLVERLEY garden designer has been selected as a finalist at this year's show garden competition at Grand Designs Live in London.

Ben Harrison, 23, is in the running to be named Garden Designer of the Year at the event, which takes place at the Excel Arena from May 2 to May 11.

His show garden will be judged by Grand Designs TV presenter Kevin McCloud and celebrity garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair.

Mr Harrison said: "I was on holiday in Cancun when I got the email to say I'd been selected. I was over the moon. It's nice to be recognised, I must be doing something right."

Last October, Mr Harrison was also selected as a finalist at the Grand Designs show at the NEC in Birmingham with his first show garden based on recycling and up-cycling objects using websites like Freecycle and eBay.

This year, the idea behind entries is Introducing Colour to Your Garden. The gardens need to be practical and stylish and represent the Grand Design ethos.

Mr Harrison, who has been running his own business BH Designs for three years, said: "I originally trained as a draughtsman but I wanted to do something a bit more creative so I did a two-year apprenticeship in landscaping and then I was given the opportunity to work for myself. I thought why not combine the two, I've got a passion for it."

"I'm looking to do Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) shows. Grand Designs is an indoor show, RHS needs to be much bigger and they have more requirements. I'm working towards it so maybe I'll enter next year."

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