Matt Keightley is an accomplished and Award Winning Garden Designer with over 12 years’ of experience in the Landscaping industry and a BA (Hons) degree in Landscape design, earning himself a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting young garden designers. He made waves within the landscaping industry in 2014 when, as a debutant to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, he was awarded with the RHS Silver-Gilt Medal and the highly acclaimed BBC People’s Choice Award for his Help for Heroes Show Garden, dedicated to the wounded men and women of the armed forces.
Hope in Vulnerability – 2015 Winner
One year later, this time working with Prince Harry for his charity Sentebale, Matt’s ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ Show Garden was awarded another Silver-Gilt Medal and achieved the quite remarkable feat of being awarded the BBC People’s Choice Award for the 2nd year running.
The garden raised awareness of Sentebale’s work in providing healthcare and education to Lesotho’s most vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs epidemic.
Sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, the garden sees Matt draw inspiration from Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre, a new facility providing residential camps for children affected by HIV/AIDS opening in Lesotho next year.
HRH Prince of Wales Foundation for Building Community has advised Sentebale in the design of the Mamohato Children’s Centre using their expertise in delivering a sustainable development that allows for a marked improvement in quality of life. In this case, the lives of thousands of young people who have been stigmatised by loss of one or both parents, who live with disabilities and those trying to come to terms with living with HIV.
The designs took on board the needs of the young residents, whilst reflecting the country’s rich culture and celebrating the magnificent natural surroundings. It will give visitors a taste of Lesotho and the bright, vibrant atmosphere of the Mamohato camp and will include a rock waterscape feature, which is representative of the mountainous region in this part of South Africa.
You can follow @matt_keightley and @sentebale on Twitter and Instagram. See Matt Keightley’s Landscaping Portfolio here
Matt’s Illustrations with HoneyTree
Matt’s collaboration with HoneyTree began in 2012 when he approached us to ask if he could use his own illustration for his wedding stationery and invitations. Lizbeth instantly knew that she wanted his style on board as an exclusive HoneyTree artist; and we are delighted for us, he said yes!