“We are delighted to be back at RHS Chelsea this year with The Brewin Dolphin Garden. Paul has designed such a thoughtful garden that demonstrates how even the most urban of sites can be transformed in a low impact way for the benefit of the environment"

Rupert Tyler, Business Development Director Brewin Dolphin

Brewin Dolphin returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year with a show garden that has been designed to showcase how a former 1900s industrial brownfield site can be transformed with the tenets of sustainability at its heart. With thousands of new homes set to be built on brownfield sites over the coming years, this garden reflects the challenge of inheriting poor soil conditions that many British homeowners will face. 

The garden demonstrates how it is possible to rehabilitate such a plot to create a new environmentally sustainable landscape. The garden has been designed by creative force and multi award-winning garden designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes, that Brewin Dolphin has worked with since 2019.   With an emphasis on repurposing and reusing existing materials found within the site, the garden will showcase a range of plants which actively restore polluted soil – the type of conditions which

The Brewin Dolphin Garden

are found in many urban environments - and use plants which absorb CO2 at higher rates to improve air quality. The garden shows how through careful guardianship it is possible to transform contaminated land and leave it in a healthier condition for generations to come. 

Paul says, “This Brewin Dolphin Garden is a metaphor for prudent stewardship and custodianship. I want to illustrate that no matter the type of space we might inherit – even the most challenging of urban settings, where top soil is removed or contaminated by heavy irons - it is possible, through the selection of appropriate plants to rehabilitate any area, creating a garden of beauty and leave it thriving for future generations to enjoy.” 

The planting is based upon a mix of native pioneer species alongside endemic plants which rehabilitate soils and clean the air through higher rate CO2 absorption. Garden-worthy shrubs and perennials which don’t require a lot of maintenance or are in flower for long periods of time add nectar banks and habitat potential for pollinating bees and other insects. 

A range of repurposed materials have been used such as recycled aggregates, reclaimed and sustainably sourced bricks, Welsh slate paving made from reclaimed slag and pre-treated straw walls. A pool, edged in the Welsh slate, will collect and alleviate the risk of flooding from high volume rainfall events which are increasingly common with the effects of climate change. 

There is a small, dedicated space in the garden for edibles, with a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables. In this limited area edibles which tend to be more expensive to produce, and therefore purchase - such as gooseberries and raspberries – have been chosen to demonstrate the idea of the ‘best use of space in an urban setting’.

Rupert Tyler, Business Development Director at Brewin Dolphin says, “We are delighted to be back at RHS Chelsea this year with The Brewin Dolphin Garden. Paul has designed such a thoughtful garden that demonstrates how even the most urban of sites can be transformed in a low impact way for the benefit of the environment. 

“There are clear synergies between taking care of, and regularly tending to a garden and taking care of your long-term wealth. Both require diligence and smart advice in order to flourish and grow so that you end up in a better position than when you started.

“We’re really proud that we will recycle the garden after the show for the benefit of the Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice.” 

After RHS Chelsea, Paul will design a garden at the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, Christopher’s, in Guildford for the enjoyment of the children and their families who are supported there, using the remaining plants and furniture. Some of the plants will also be sold off with the proceeds going to the charity supported by Brewin Dolphin


This year marks a decade of Brewin Dolphin’s long association with the RHS having created many award-winning gardens at both the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. 

Brewin Dolphin Garden
Key Plant Facts

Key Plants 

The Brewin Dolphin garden is planted using a rich mixture of plants which are suitable for sites where heavy industry has taken place or the soils are contaminated from heavy pollutants over the cause of years.  Nature has the tools needed to repair the damage and our garden shows they can be used successfully to also create a beautiful and diverse planting design.

Pioneer species

These plants form the backbone of the planting, these plants have evolved to colonise soils and sites which are barren,  Their tolerance of poor sub-soils and often exposed sites allows them to begin the process of rehabilitating the soil, allowing microorganisms in and to trap particles int he air to build a new top soil layer.

  • Persicaria campanulata ‘Alba’

  • Carex pendula

  • Euonymus alatus

  • Dryopteris afffinis

  • Betula pendula

  • Urtica dioica

  • Galium odoratum

  • Viburnum opulus

Air Filtration Plants

Plants which are adapted to either absorb C02 in the air at higher rates than other potential plant selections and plants which are adapted to filter and trap air/rain borne pollutants demonstrate the importance of plant selection for all gardens. In urban areas and built up towns selecting plants more adapted to the demands of our urban infrastructure and mitigating the impact we have on the planet can have a huge impact on CO2 emissions, relieve respiratory conditions and improve habitat potential. 

Another important factor which will encourage many to plant trees and other plants is that alongside improving air quality locking away carbon and other harmful gases these plants will reduce the ‘heat pocket’ effect of large urban areas.


Super anti-smog trees can have impressive benefits within a measured period of just 20 years, given many will live for well over 100 years these trees captured up to 4000 kilos of CO2 and stopped the spread of clouds of thin PM10 dust. 

PM10 refers to the particulate matter, 10 micrometers or less in diameter, PM2.5 is particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter. As a  of comparison, a human hair is about 100 micrometres, so roughly 40 fine particles could be placed on its width.  Health effects may include cardiovascular effects such as cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks, and respiratory effects such as asthma attacks and bronchitis.  The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems

Betula pendula - Silver Birch

The silver birch is able to grow in most difficult conditions. Celts and old German tribes considered it as a 'holy tree' silver birch is capable of absorbing up to 3100 kilos of CO2 to clean the air.

Alongside trees for those with smaller gardens the rule is pretty simple, small leaved plants and particularly those with leaves which are rough or hairy are perfect for trapping air and making absorption of CO2 easier, our garden will use this research to help us select the plants most beneficial to cleaning the air.

Key Materials

Our aim is to create the fabric or built form of the garden using recycled materials,  The garden is planned as a space already defined by the fabric of pre-existing buildings and semi-demobilised form.  Although the new owners have cleaned and restored these buildings for new use we want to create them from a mixture of recycled elements to bring that story to life.  We will be using recycled concrete, bricks and other architectural salvage.  


The new elements, such as paving and dressing that the owners have chosen are all either completely recycled, repurposed or made from recycled components.  

Recycled aggregates

One of our key materials will be Breedon Group'd Recycled ​Aggregate, Breedon Group reclaim and re-sue over 1 million tonnes of recycled aggregate based material each year.

About Brewin Dolphin

Brewin Dolphin is a UK FTSE 250 provider of discretionary wealth management. With £56.9* billion in total funds, we offer award-winning, personalised wealth management services that meet the varied needs of our clients including individuals, charities and corporates. 


We give clients security and wellbeing by helping them to protect and grow their wealth, in order to achieve their goals and aspirations. Our services range from bespoke, discretionary investment management to retirement planning and tax-efficient investing. Our focus on discretionary investment management has led to significant growth in client funds and we now manage £49.8* billion on a discretionary basis. 


Our intermediary business manages £18.1* billion of assets for over 1,700 advice firms either on a discretionary basis or via our Managed Portfolio Service, the MI Brewin Dolphin Voyager fund range and Sustainable MPS.


In line with the premium we place on personal relationships, we’ve built a network of 34 offices across the UK, Jersey and Republic of Ireland, staffed by qualified investment managers and financial planners. We are committed to the most exacting standards of client service, with long-term thinking and absolute focus on our clients' needs at the core. 


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PRESS INFORMATION For further information, please contact:
Marie Sterry marie.sterry@camarco.co.uk / Tel: +44 (0) 7967 734215
Emily Shea-Simonds emily.shea-simonds@camarco.co.uk / Tel: +44 (0) 7920 197300
Richard Janes richard.janes@brewin.co.uk / Tel: +44 (0) 20 3201 3343