World Horse Welfare has been awarded the RHS People’s Choice Award for their Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The news follows a successful time at Chelsea for the horse charity, who were also awarded a gold medal for their garden earlier in the week.
The garden tells the story of Clippy, a 12hh dapple grey pony, who was rescued from terrible conditions by World Horse Welfare and restored to health.
Funded by a private donor, the tradition wildflower garden, designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, aims to shine a spotlight on ‘invisible’ horses around the world whose suffering goes unnoticed or ignored.
In response to winning the RHS People's Choice Award, World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said: “We are both ecstatic and humbled to receive this award for our garden. Throughout this exhilarating project to mark our 90th anniversary we have received incredible support at Chelsea and beyond – and the fact that so many have taken the effort to vote for us is just awe-inspiring.
"The gold medal, the gorgeous weather, now the People’s Choice but above all the extraordinary impact that the garden has had on visitors and viewers throughout the week has been nothing short of sensational – it is fair to say our cake has more icing than cake just now!
“To have got here has taken a herculean team effort. Our garden designers Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith have put their heart and soul into telling the story of our work through such a beautiful and emotive garden.
"And they have been given unflinching support by Conway Landscapes, Tom Hill Sculpture, stonemason Martin Cook, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, all of the celebrity (highly visible) horses and their owners who donated their shoes for the sculpture of Clippy, the thousands of visitors to the garden and of course the private donor who made our garden possible.
“In 1927 World Horse Welfare’s founder established the charity to raise awareness of the plight of desperately vulnerable horses. I really do feel that she would be so proud that we have received this breath-taking level public support this week.
"But Clippy’s story was all about highlighting the need for World Horse Welfare in 2017 – please call us if you are concerned about a horse and do consider getting involved with World Horse Welfare. We simply cannot help horses without you.”