Corby gardener set to unveil Metallica creation

Arek prepares his garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Arek prepares his garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

A Corby gardener, whose design has been sponsored by legendary heavy metal band Metallica, is set to unveil his creation at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Arek Luc’s dream is beginning to take shape in preparation for the horticultural show which runs from Tuesday, July 9, until Sunday, July 14.

The 37-year-old, of Whitworth Road, is enjoying leading the team working on the conceptual garden ready for the show.

He said: “We are all working together and going with the plan. The walls are in and the tree is planted.

“At the beginning the soil wasn’t prepared and it was too hard to plant anything so we had to wait two days for a digger to arrive, which was a little bit frustrating.

“We have also had some rain, which has slowed things down a bit, but it’s still going very well.”

Called I Disappear and inspired by the Metallica song of the same name, Arek’s conceptual garden is a living work of art which aims to highlight the issue of allotment land increasingly being taken up for development.

The garden is bordered on three sides with climbing vegetables and trained fruit trees with the remainder of the garden featuring growing vegetables and a seated human figure.

He said: “The fruit and vegetable garden will be seen disappearing under a developed area. A seated human will be breathing in the purified air created through plant photosynthesis.”

Soaking up the atmosphere at Hampton Court while he works, Arek said: “It is a very nice experience being able to see all the gardens around us getting more details added every day.

“Everyone is helping each other, especially those of us working on the conceptual gardens because they are something different and real pieces of art.”

As with other forms of art, Arek’s garden has a message. He said: “I would like to make people more aware of the issues people face over losing their allotments.

“We need to stop developers taking allotment land from people who don’t have their own outside space but who want to grow their own produce. For some people it is the only thing they have to look forward to.”

Arek took up gardening when he gave up playing the drums.

His earlier appeal for sponsorship in the Corby Telegraph reached Metallica through former town MP Louise Mensch who is married to the band’s manager Peter Mensch.

As a fan of the band, Arek had already received some sponsorship but was delighted to receive several thousand pounds from the band as it meant his dream for the show garden could be realised.

Arek said: “I am just so grateful to everyone who has been involved in this project. I cannot thank them enough.”

Arek, who works as a transport clerk for Morrisons in Thrapston, has completed several Royal Horticultural Society courses and is now studying garden design with KLC School of Design in London.

Also exhibiting at the show are local firms A Bit of Green from Wellingborough, specialists in artificial grass, and Scotts of Thrapston who are launching their new summerhouse design, called the Polebrook, at the show.

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