During the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20-25 May), the Panathlon Joy Garden was visited by tens of thousands of people and featured several times on prime BBC TV, radio and in national newspapers and magazines.

The Silver Gilt Award-winning garden, designed by Penelope Walker from Llevelo Garden Design, was staffed by volunteers from supporters of the Panathlon charity, including St. James’s Place, Woodland Group, RBC BlueBay, Aspen and John Lewis.

Those volunteers interacted with the public all week, explaining the garden and the work of the charity and distributed 10,000 brochures with further information on both.

Volunteers helped with the Panathlon Joy Garden all week, Partners from John Lewis pictued here

The Panathlon Joy Garden was visited by a range of celebrities (full gallery of pics here), including our very own Liz Johnson, Ellie Simmonds, Steve Brown, Ade Adepitan and Lou Sugden on the sporting front and others including Paul Hollywood, Tom Allen, Gabby Logan, Sally Phillips, Ellie Taylor, Andrew Lincoln, and the great and the good from the gardening world including Monty Don! (main pic above)

The Panathlon Joy Garden – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 Panathlon Ambassadors Steve Brown, Liz Johnson and Louise Sugden with pupils from Marjorie McClure School

An added benefit is that over 500 plants and three beautiful trees have been re-planted and are already in the ground at Marjorie McClure School and will live on as a legacy for years to come!

This school was chosen for many reasons as it was one of the original founder schools in Panathlon back in 2005, and despite its recent move to a new site, the outdoor landscaping was minimal, and a splash of colour and new plants and trees will enhance the new site significantly.

Rebecca Cottage, Headteacher at the school, said: “We are so excited to welcome and benefit from the
Panathlon Joy Garden now being relocated to our school. It will certainly bring much ‘joy’ to pupils, staff,
and visitors for many years to come.”

Woodland Group, who is a long-term supporter of Panathlon, were integral in the logistics and sustainable movement of the trees to RHS Chelsea Flower Show and then the removal of the entire garden to Marjorie McClure School in Bromley.

The trees weighed nearly a tonne each and added a further complication to the move due to the unique
shape of the trunks.

Luke Fermor from Woodland Group said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Penelope Walker, the garden designer and Panathlon, on this project for the last few months, and we are delighted to lend our support moving the trees and plants in a sustainable fashion to their final legacy site and also to volunteer on the garden during the week and represent the charity we know so well.”

The first of two Woodland lorries bringing the plants and trees to their new home.

One highlight of the week was when we were visited by a Panathlon competitor from the North West of England who came down to London for a special visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

As a recipient of a Panathlon medal, it was great to see her on our garden, and she very kindly said ours was her favourite in the whole of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

Huge thanks go to all our supporters over the last few months who have helped with this
project, including Project Giving Back, the funders of the garden and Penelope Walker from
Llevelo Garden Design for all her hard work and attention to detail.

To all our supporters and volunteers, again, a huge thank you.

If you would like to contribute a new plant to the garden at Marjorie McClure school, then
please donate here.

Watch a short film about the school and the garden here:


Pictures of the new Panathlon Joy Garden as it is planted at Marjorie McClure School.