The Meta Garden: Growing the Future

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The garden is designed to emphasise the inseparable connection between plants and fungi within woodland ecosystems. Inspired by the complex mycelium networks that connect and support woodland life, the garden highlights the beauty and versatility of timber, and the critical role of nature-based solutions, such as tree planting and forest management, in tackling climate change.

Featuring a complex pavilion structure inspired by the interaction between the mycorrhizal network and its host tree's roots, the garden is intended to be an immersive experience and remind us of the urgent need to redress the balance of our relationship with the natural world. The central seating area is sunken into the environment with a rising woodland edge of trees behind, and a stylised meadow in front. The garden makes use of a naturalistic, future-proofed planting palette, which takes its inspiration from the British countryside and will conjure a tranquil and intriguing atmosphere.

The garden will be relocated to The National Forest following the show, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting campaign for the Platinum Jubilee.

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