A WORCESTER designer narrowly missed out on picking up the top prize at a prestigious industry competition.
Ben Harrison, from BH Designs, was one of three finalists to be selected by Grand Designs Live Birmingham, after creating his own exclusive garden model.
The 22 year-old was pipped to the ‘Garden Designer of the Year’ by Liz Ackerley of Manchester, but nevertheless was delighted at the progress he has made at such a young age.
“I feel incredibly proud that my work has been recognised to this level,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to showcase my thoughts and ideas and inspire such a large crowd of people.
“This was my first ever show garden competition entry and the feedback from the public was amazing. I’m already looking at unique design aspects to enter more competitions next year.”
Ben’s design, ‘The Inside-Out Freecycle Kitchen Garden’, comprised both free-cycled and freely available recycled materials to create a functional and eco-conscious garden, where the heart of the home was brought outdoors.
Despite not claiming first place, Ben was overwhelmed at being selected and is now focused on following a career within this field.
“It was great news to receive (being shortlisted),” he said. “I visited Grand Designs Live several times and never thought I would have a chance of exhibiting.
“The whole experience was great – stressful at times. The NEC is a great venue, but with large numbers of exhibitors and a short build timescale, things got tense.
“I’ve learnt so much from this weekend, and hope to use it, not only in other show garden builds, but in all of my other projects.”