The M&G Garden - Designer: Cleve West (Surrey)

We offer you an insider's glimpse of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens that have their roots in Kent, Sussex and Surrey - Designer: Cleve West (Surrey)

The garden has been inspired by a memory of the ancient oak woodland on Exmoor National Park where the designer spent his youth. Rather than replicate a particular scene, the designer has chosen to pay a contemporary homage to the landscape that made such an early impression on him.

A stone and gravel path through woodland edge planting leads you past stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother path, a sunken terrace and pool. It could be seen as a metaphor for the fact that the path was unsure to begin with, but smoother once the chosen career became clear. An oak boundary frames the garden (as if framing a picture) and the overriding oak theme is a metaphor for the sponsor's values: strength, growth, longevity and reliability.