Gardening award for green-fingered Paul

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 May 2011

Paul receiving his silver gild medal award at this year's Malvern Spring Show

Paul receiving his silver gild medal award at this year's Malvern Spring Show


A SILVER gild medal was the reward for a gardening ace from Locking in his first major exhibit at a show.

Paul Cantello won the accolade at the Malvern Spring Show, after designing and building his oxygen atom-themed entry as part of the Chris Beardshaw Scholarship competition.

His design symbolised the atoms nucleus with eight raised platforms acting as resting spaces, and eight protons were signified by medicinal plants such as sage, chosen for their positive influence.

The 28-year-old from Grenville Avenue, who runs Batello Garden Design and Landscaping, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon about winning the award. Winning the silver gild medal is rare for a first time exhibitor in a Royal Horticultural Society garden show.”

He has also been handed a special award to design three gardens for next year’s Spring, Three Counties and Autumn shows.

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