Monday 17 November 2014
2014 People’s Choice Award winner Matt Keightley draws inspiration from Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in his second RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden design.
The Prince's Foundation for Building Community (PFBC), founded by HRH the Prince of Wales, has contributed their expertise in the design of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho
Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, has today announced it will be creating a garden, to be showcased on the Main Avenue at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden – designed by Matt Keightley, head designer of Maidenhead landscaping firm Rosebank and winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award with his ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden – aims to raise awareness of Sentebale’s work in providing healthcare and education to Lesotho’s most vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs epidemic.
Sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, the garden will see Keightley draw inspiration from Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre, a new facility providing residential camps for children affected by HIV/AIDS opening in Lesotho next year.
HRH the Prince of Wales' Foundation for Building Community has advised Sentebale in the design of the Mamohato Children’s Centre using their expertise in delivering a sustainable development that allows for a marked improvement in quality of life. In this case, the lives of thousands of young people who have been stigmatised by loss of one or both parents, who live with disabilities and those trying to come to terms with living with HIV.
The designs took on board the needs of the young residents, whilst reflecting the country's rich culture and celebrating the magnificent natural surroundings.
Cathy Ferrier, Chief Executive of Sentebale, said: “Sentebale are delighted to announce the Sentebale garden for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Landscaper and designer Matt Keightley has created a truly inspirational garden that will be a representation of the experience that the children in Lesotho go through during our Mamohato camp.”
The Sentebale Garden will give visitors a taste of Lesotho and the bright, vibrant atmosphere of the Mamohato camp and will include a rock/waterscape feature, which is representative of the mountainous region in this part of South Africa.
Rosebank Head Designer Matt Keightley said: “I am honoured to be working with Sentebale, The Prince's Foundation for Building Community and Prince Harry on this years very special garden. It is such an inspirational project that I am delighted to be able to help raise awareness of.
“Last year was my first RHS Chelsea Flower Show and to have achieved the Silver-Gilt and the People’s Choice Awards for the ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden was incredible and I am thrilled to be working once again at the world-famous show and I will be incorporating so many positives of the great work the Sentebale does in the garden design.”
Alexander Barfield, Chief Executive of the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation said: “Sentebale is an incredible charity which is changing lives for the children of Lesotho. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a perfect platform to represent the challenges facing these children every day of their lives and how the public can generously donate to help them, and the garden that we are creating will do a fantastic job reflecting that work.”
The official name of the Sentebale Garden will be announced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show launch in January 2015.
Further information on Sentebale and to donate please go to: www.sentebale.org
For more information on The Prince's Foundation for Building Community please visit: www.princes-foundation.org
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• HIV is the second cause of death amongst adolescents aged 10 – 19 globally and is the number one cause of death in Africa.
This is a generation that urgently needs help, for their future and the future prosperity of Africa. In Lesotho, one in three children are orphans and there are believed to be over 40,000 adolescents living with HIV
• Sentebale, co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006, provides healthcare and education to vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in Lesotho, southern Africa
• Sentebale’s flagship programme is the Mamohato Programme, which was developed in response to a serious gap in HIV/AIDS education provision for young people in Lesotho. A study by Sentebale showed that HIV-positive children were isolated and received little support in their homes and communities in relation to the social and psychological challenges they faced; stigma deemed to be the greatest hurdle for these children. The programme offers a residential weeklong camp and follow up monthly clubs that empowers these children to address the stigma and health issues surrounding them enabling them to live a healthy and fulfilled lives
• In 2010 the Mamohato programme was highlighted as a model of international best practice by the United Nations. The programme was quoted as being “effective, having ethical soundness, cost effective, relevant, innovative and sustainable”
• Sentebale’s strategy is to provide support to these children and young people, and reach many more children over the coming years. The Mamohato Children’s centre, due to be completed in next year, is the embodiment of that scale up in Lesotho and the platform for expansion into other affected southern African countries
• Sentebale, means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho, was set up in memory of the princes’ mothers and as a reminder not to forget the children of Lesotho.
About the Princes Foundation for Building Community
• The Prince's Foundation for Building Community transforms lives through engaging, educating, and empowering people
• The Prince’s Foundation teaches and demonstrates sustainable development placing community engagement at the heart of our work
• The environment within which people live affects the way they live. We believe that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who’s part of them. They help us to both live better at a local level and start dealing with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change. By actively and passionately promoting traditional principles, as well as understanding the importance of building in a more sustainable way, we've seen a resurgence in striving for easily achieved improvements in public health, and affordable, livelier and safer streets and communities
• Our goal is a future where all of us can take part in making our communities more sustainable. We’re working with everyone from local residents’ groups to governments to make it happen.
About the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation
• The DBCF is a personal charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities where there is an element of disadvantage, through personal development such as education, or the improvement and regeneration of their community
• This is the second year the DBCF has sponsored a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, and was the sponsor of the People’s Choice Award winning ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden in 2014.
About Rosebank Landscaping
• Rosebank Landscaping is a division of Maidenhead-based building firm Farr & Roberts, which was created after Head Designer Matt Keightley’s success at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
• Rosebank Landscaping is dedicated to delivering residential and commercial projects of the highest quality, producing both classic and contemporary spaces
• Rosebank has the experience, knowledge and capacity to run projects from design through to completion and beyond – maintaining many gardens in their portfolio on a long term basis and
• will specialise in a diverse range of gardens from contemporary city courtyards to traditional rural gardens and estates, offering services across Berkshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Greater London
• Projects have and can be carried out both nationally and internationally. Rosebank can be contacted via; firstname.lastname@example.org