Rolls-Royce launches nationwide competition for aspiring young designers
Iconic car manufacturer searches for new permanent feature for the revamped Wildlife Garden at its Goodwood facility
Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced a nationwide competition in which it is asking aspiring young designers to submit their ideas for a new feature for its famed Wildlife Garden at its Goodwood home.
The company is asking children aged from five to 11 to suggest features that would enhance the Wildlife Garden and its habitat value to local flora and fauna. As well as ideas to nurture wildlife, such as pollinator-friendly plants, trees and flowers, bird feeders, bug hotels and nest-boxes, children can design seats, shelters, sculpture and other items that would make the Garden more appealing to Goodwood’s human population, too.
The winner of the competition will be chauffeur-driven to Rolls-Royce's Goodwood facility to perform an official opening ceremony for the rejuvenated garden. The winner and runner-up will also receive a unique 3D computer-generated image of the Wildlife Garden containing their features.
The Wildlife Garden occupies a small, secluded area of the Goodwood site, just inside the main gates. Established as part of the original landscaping when the plant was built in the early 2000s, it provides excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants, insects, birds and animals native to the south of England. It also offers valuable opportunities to observe and learn about nature for groups including children from the neighbouring March CE Primary School.
Other frequent visitors to the Wildlife Garden include the inhabitants of the Goodwood Apiary, a colony of around 250,000 English Honey Bees housed in six suitably palatial hives in a secluded location elsewhere on the site. The bees are responsible for producing ‘the RollsRoyce of honey’, a rare and exquisite natural bounty reserved exclusively for the marque’s customers and VIP guests.
Rolls-Royce is working with two key partners on the project, which lies close both to the ancient cathedral city of Chichester and the boundary of the South Downs National Park.
Julie Fawcett, Chair of the South Downs National Park Trust, said: “We’ve worked with RollsRoyce for a number of years, notably on its wonderful Goodwood Apiary project. We’re delighted to support this development of the Wildlife Garden and a National Park Ranger will also be carrying out a formal wildlife survey.
“It’s inspiring to see major local companies taking a real, tangible interest in their surrounding environment, and making an important contribution to the ecological health of the wider area. Nature doesn’t recognise boundaries, so a key aspect of the National Park’s Nature Recovery Strategy is to help create a network of wildlife havens right across the South East. This Wildlife Garden is nature recovery in action and it’s great to see people collaborating to boost