Metallica fund flower show entry

Metallica have helped to pay for Arek Luc's garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Metallica have helped to pay for Arek Luc's garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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Heavy metal band Metallica have made sure Corby garden designer Arek Luc’s dream of taking part in Hampton Court Palace Flower Show won’t disappear.

The American band have donated several thousand pounds to the 37-year-old, of Whitworth Avenue, after hearing he was looking for sponsorship for the project.

Arek’s garden, called I Disappear, takes its name from a Metallica song and will be one of a number of conceptual gardens at the show in July.

Metallica heard about Arek after former Corby and East Northants MP Louise Mensch, who is married to the band’s manager Peter, sent them a copy of a Corby Telegraph story on his plea for sponsors.

Metallica fan Arek said: “Louise emailed me and asked me how much I still needed.

“I couldn’t believe it when they sent me several thousand pounds.”

Arek thanked Metallica and his other sponsors Urban Roof Gardens, Eden Landscape Projects, Tandee Nursery, Podington Garden Centre, holiday company StayinBritain and top county gardener Nicholas Warliker, who has advised and inspired him.

Louise said: “The whole band was tickled pink by Arek’s garden. The band does a colossal amount of work for charity but it’s not usually associated with gardens.

“It’s a tremendous achievement by Arek to get to the Hampton Court show.”