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Garden designer Chris Myers wins first Yorkshire Countryside Award
10:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Award-winning garden designer and host of Channel 4’s Wild Things Chris Myers has won the inaugural Yorkshire Countryside Award.
Chris, from Skipton, picked up the honour during the Yorkshire Awards ceremony at the Leeds Hilton on Friday night.
Winners in other categories included Yorkshire-born Coronation Street and Mr Selfridge star Katherine Kelly and paralympic athlete Craig Wood, who lost both his legs in an Afghanistan bomb blast.
Chris said: “It is an absolute honour to receive such an award for just doing what I love and it was awesome being the first ever winner of the new countryside category.
“There were some truly inspirational people up there receiving awards – I felt very humble.
“But I got to dress up, which made a nice change from wellies!”
The holder of three Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals, Chris is one of the country’s best gardeners.
He was chosen to receive the award for his work promoting the Yorkshire countryside.
Most recently he has worked with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, becoming the figurehead of a campaign to save the Dales’ iconic hay meadows.
Earlier this year he won national fame with Wild Things which raises awareness of Britain’s – and Yorkshire’s – flora and fauna.
He previously won the best-in-show award at The BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show 2011 with a “bodgery garden” inspired by his former workplace, on the Bolton Abbey estate. He also worked with Boris Johnson in 2009 on a garden designed to promote “Grow Your Own” in London.
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