AWARD winning garden designer, Chris Myers, has teamed up with The Canal and River Trust and volunteer lock keepers to create a garden for next week's BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

The ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden aims to bring to life an authentic canal experience that captures the beauty and diversity of the nation’s historic waterways and also to celebrate the ways in which they can be enjoyed for keeping active, sharing time with family and friends or for enjoying some peace and relaxation.

Chris, who lives in Thornton-in-Craven, says he has taken great pleasure in evoking a beautiful, canalside scene. His ideas have been developed with, and inspired by, the work of Canal and River Trust volunteers, David and Hilary Godbehere, volunteer lock keepers on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal who believe that ‘life is better by water’.

The garden includes a life-size canal, tunnel and boat, surrounded by native trees, wildflowers and water-loving plants. A towpath winds past a traditional boatman’s shelter with a vegetable garden and small flower garden of calming and sensory flowers. It aims to inspire people to visit the nation’s beautiful waterways and discover for themselves the health and well-being benefits of being close to water.

Chris said: “I’m very excited to be creating The Canal and River Trust’s ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden. Our design brings my childhood experiences of canals together with capturing the beauty of our historic waterways, their magical ability to transform local communities and to improve the health and wellbeing of visitors to the waterways.”

Chris, a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal and Best in Show award-winning garden designer, has been creating innovative gardens and winning awards since 2005.

He has very fond childhood memories of fishing on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and believes that these early visits, along with time spent in North Yorkshire and the Dales has inspired his love of being outdoors, gardening and working with nature.

“We hope our garden visitors will be inspired to re-discover that their local waterways are only moments away, completely free to enjoy and provide a wonderful opportunity to spend time outdoors, exercising, meeting friends or finding peace and tranquillity,” he said.

BBC Gardeners World Live takes place at the Birmingham NEC from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16 from 9am to 6pm.

For a closer look of the Canal and River Trust’s ‘Making Life Better By Water’ garden, volunteering activities and ways to enjoy canals