Welsh Slate helps build a bridge to 2030


Welsh Slate products to feature on Terrence Higgins Trust’s garden at RHS Chelsea.

A showcase of Welsh Slate products will feature on the ‘Terrence Higgins Trust Bridge to 2030 garden’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year (May 21-25).

Supported by grant-giving charity Project Giving Back and designed by Matthew Childs who grew up in Wales, it will celebrate the work of Terrence Higgins Trust and its 2030 vision of there being no new HIV cases, where people with HIV are supported and live well and there is good sexual health for all.

The garden is inspired by rejuvenated slate quarry landscapes, which are used as a metaphor for resilience and how much things have changed with HIV in the UK since the 1980s.

Key features in the garden include a striking monolith Welsh Slate stepping stone bridge and steps produced from custom cuts and bi-product of Ffestiniog slate. Supplementing this will be a textural path produced from Type 2 pillared, rustic and narrow pillared walling, all from the Ffestiniog quarry.

The path will be complemented by a contemporary dry stone wall produced from reclaimed Ffestiniog walling slate, in addition to planting in crevices created by Ffestiniog primary off-cuts – sawn off-cuts from slate blocks before they are split.

Boulders from Welsh Slate’s Penrhyn Quarry will also feature throughout the garden – one as a balancing sculpture, one as part of Welsh designer Swyn Anwyl Williams’ furniture design, and another will have cuts as a water feature.

Reclaimed Ffestiniog roofing slates will clad the interior sides of the tiered garden pond at the front of the garden, and paths and garden mulches will be formed from Welsh Slate aggregate – Grey Blinding 14mm to dust and Grey 10mm to 20mm.

Matthew said: “I decided that the idea for a garden that I’d had 10 years ago was something I wanted to make happen and the generosity of Welsh Slate has been instrumental in helping me achieve my vision for the Bridge to 2030 garden.”


Note to editors:

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, offering support, information and advice services for those living with HIV and affected by HIV or poor sexual health.

Project Giving Back (PGB) is a unique grant-making charity that provides funding for gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. PGB was launched in May 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on UK charitable fundraising – effects that have since been exacerbated by the cost of living crisis. It will fund a total of 15 gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2024 and intends to fund up to 60 gardens at the show from 2022-2026. Find out more at www.givingback.org.uk