Accoya, the world-leading modified wood has been selected to provide decking for one of just twenty six gardens on display at Europe's most renowned garden events the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Show.
The festival which launched on Friday 25 April and runs until the 2 November receives hundreds of entries each year from the world's leading designers keen to showcase their work. Every garden featured is tasked to reflect the festival's theme, which this year is "˜Seven Deadly Sins'.
Architectural designer Hay Joung, of London firm Randle Siddeley Associates has been selected to showcase her garden concept, which features Accoya Deck and is entitled "˜The Balance'. The design of the garden reflects the paths in life which lead to temptation or avoidance of the deadly sins.
The garden includes stone monoliths which represent the seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues connected by wooden decked paths, crafted from Accoya wood. There are also "˜see-saw' structures of Accoya which connect different sides of the garden and which symbolise the need for balance in life.
A rock sculpture at the end of the garden to completes the space. The structure is inspired by rock-balancing artists who themselves require patience, practice and sensitivity to achieve their goals, reflecting the complexity of life.
Hay Joung, said, "I am very proud to be creating my garden "˜The Balance' at this year's Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Show. Every element from design to delivery has been carefully thought through including the decision to commission Accoya Deck.
"I wanted to ensure the garden was as sustainable as it could be and environmentally friendly as possible. To achieve this, I needed a product which would be durable for the length of the festival and Accoya Deck was the ideal option.
"As well as being sustainably sourced the modification process means it is superior to hardwood equivalents – which is ideal for this project as we'll have thousands of visitors walking across the deck this summer during warm sunny days."
Marc Michels, at marketing director at Solvay Acetow said, "We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a superior wood product which will meet a variety of needs. We're delighted to see the quality and finish of Accoya recognised amongst artists and designers and placed centre stage at the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Show."
Accoya which is manufactured by Accsys Technologies and retailed by Solvay, is one of the most advanced modified wood products on the market delivering outstanding levels of performance, stability and class one durability. Exceeding the high-quality and aesthetic attributes of tropical hardwoods, it also boasts excellent environmental credentials by using wood sourced from FSC certified and sustainable forests as well as being Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.