A garden full of weeds has been awarded a gold medal at a Royal Horticultural Society show despite its creator expecting to receive “nil points”.
The plot – named Weed Thriller – was handed the award at Tatton Flower Show in Cheshire on Wednesday.
Weed Thriller’s horticulturist Sandra Nock told the BBC: “I think we genuinely thought that presenting ragwort to a horticultural society, that we would be given a nil points principle result and they were so receptive and complimentary.
“Without this kind of multi-layer native planting, a lot of our insects and birds just wouldn’t cope.”
Rachel Evatt from Sunart Fields – the Derbyshire farm behind the concept said: “They are wild plants that have been branded incorrectly as weeds and some people would say that a weed is just a plant in the wrong place.
“So what we are saying is really to embrace all of these wild plants, especially controversial species like the ragwort, which are one of the most important sources of nectar for a wide variety of insects.
“We are just trying to rebrand the weed as just wild plants that we can embrace and enjoy as much as we can other flowers.”