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Sheffield designers' 'steel' garden scoops gold award

A Stainless Century
Image caption Phil Hirst, centre, used iconic Sheffield buildings as the inspiration for his garden
A Stainless Century
Image caption A Stainless Century, designed by Phil Hirst won two awards at the Royal Horticultural Society's show at Tatton Park

A garden celebrating the centenary of stainless steel has won a gold medal and been crowned best in show at the Tatton Park Flower Show.

Sheffield designer Phil Hirst picked up honours in the Large Garden category for his garden "A Stainless Century".

The design was influenced by iconic Sheffield buildings including the Winter Gardens and the Charles Street "cheese grater" car park.

Mr Hirst said winning the two awards was "a dream come true".

He added: "This was my first time exhibiting at an RHS show, so to win two top awards is truly remarkable."

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Housing, who sponsored the garden, said it hoped to recreate the winning design in the grounds of a new retirement scheme in Stocksbridge.

The Tatton Park Flower Show, in Cheshire, which was first held in 1999, was created by the Royal Horticultural Society to complement its southern shows.

Stainless steel was discovered by Sheffield metallurgist Harry Brearley in 1913.

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