Behind the Gold with ABF the Soldiers Charity at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Behind the Gold with ABF the Soldiers Charity at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Posted 22 May 2014 by Rich Penn

Over the last 3 months my crew and I have been working with ABF The Soldier’s Charity capturing the amazing story behind this year’s Gold Medal winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. From Charlotte Rowe’s design studio and her Grandfather inspired designs to Chris Parrot’s life changing experiences in Afghanistan, his road to recovery, rehabilitation and new career in horticulture, all aided by ABF The Soldiers Charity.

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Me in ‘No Man’s Land’


Our 1st film captures Charlotte Rowe’s story and the years of preparation that go into making an award winning garden.

Titled ‘No Man’s Land,’ it is a conceptual representation of the landscape of World War One and serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and hardships faced by soldiers 100 years ago, while highlighting the work of The Soldiers’ Charity helping those facing challenges and hardships today.

To understand Charlotte’s inspirations behind her designs, our client took us to the battlefields of the Somme in France. A moving and sombre experience. We visited the communication trenches at Thiepval, walked across ‘No man’s land’ to the undulating mounds and craters at Fricourt.


Danny and Matt filming Charlotte at Fricourt New Military Cemetery

The First World War saw fierce fighting along what was known as the Western Front. The Battle of the Somme was a major offensive launched on 1 July 1916 that met fierce German resistance from strong defensive positions unbroken by a seven day bombardment. With a few exceptions, the attack was a failure and the offensive developed into a series of major battles that ended with the onset of winter and exhaustion of the troops in November 1916. On the first day of battle more than 60,000 men were killed, wounded or missing.


Team in one of the communication trenches at Thiepval Wood


Our 2nd film captures Chris Parrot’s story and how, since he left the army in 2011, his life has completely changed. He didn’t have much luck in Afghanistan suffering two serious injuries on two separate occasions. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity have supported Chris on his road to recovery. From rehabilitation at Headley Court to gaining qualifications in horticulture that have lead him to the build at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Nirvanacph crew preparing to shoot at Headley Court and our client Steve having far too much fun!


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Horticultural Therapy at Headley Court

It’s been a very rewarding journey working with an amazing Nirvanaph crew and equally amazing client…and brilliant to see it all finish on such a high!

Watch our work and be inspired

No Man’s Land: Episode 1 ‘The Pencil’ Inspiration.

No Man’s Land: Episode 2: ‘The Spade’ Chris Parrott’s Story.

The team at Nirvana Creative Production House are very proud to share these films with you. Please let us know what you think in the comments below.