‘Green Seam’ marks £40m regeneration of Betteshanger


The £40m regeneration of the Betteshanger Sustainable Parks is the theme of a garden design by two students from Hadlow College, which is masterminding the regeneration of the former Betteshanger Colliery site, near Deal in Kent.

Stuart Towner and Bethany Williams have designed the garden for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (30 June - 5 July 2015).  Both students are due to graduate from Hadlow College this year with a BA (Hons) in Garden Design.

Inspiration for the garden design comes from the rich heritage of the East Kent Coalfield and the transformation of the former Betteshanger Colliery into a sustainable business park scheme, incorporating green technologies, environmental management, alternative energy, education and training.

Construction of a brand new Visitor Centre at the site gets underway in June form completion in 2016, incorporating a green energy centre, multi-purpose space for conferences and events, and a cafeteria.  The Kent Mining Heritage Centre will open in 2017.  In total, the project will create 1,000 new jobs.

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Executive Director of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, said: "The Green Seam garden represents the transformation of Betteshanger colliery into Betteshanger Sustainable Park thus celebrating the history of traditional coal power contrasted with the importance of clean energy today and its relationship with the green world.

"Green Seam demonstrates what 'out of the box thinking’ can create - a garden that identifies regeneration in East Kent, celebrates the area’s heritage and exhibits students’ innovative, contemporary design interpretation." 

Posted on 29/05/2015