Accoya wood has been selected to provide decking for one of just twenty six gardens on display at Europe’s most renowned garden events the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Show.
The festival receives hundreds of entries each year from the world’s leading designers keen to showcase their work. Every garden featured is tasked to reflect the festival’s theme, which was ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ on the year Accoya was featured.
Architectural designer Hay Joung, of London firm Randle Siddeley Associates, was selected to showcase her garden concept, which features Accoya Deck and is entitled ‘The Balance’. The design of the garden reflects the paths in life which lead to temptation or avoidance of the deadly sins.
The garden includes stone monoliths that represent the seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues connected by wooden decked paths and deck stairs, crafted from Accoya wood. There are also ‘see-saw’ structures of Accoya which connect different sides of the garden and which symbolise the need for balance in life.
A rock sculpture at the end of the garden completes the space. The structure is inspired by rock-balancing artists who themselves require patience, practice and sensitivity to achieve their goals, reflecting the complexity of life.