Boston Spa businessman’s memory lives on as winning Chelsea garden gets showing

Date:17th May 2011.'The official opening of the Hesco garden and the Hesco Garden 2010 in the 'Gardens of the World' section of Roundhay Park just off Mansion Lane, Leeds. Pictured Julie Heselden, wife of the late Jimi Helselden OBE, admiring the two gardens.
Date:17th May 2011.'The official opening of the Hesco garden and the Hesco Garden 2010 in the 'Gardens of the World' section of Roundhay Park just off Mansion Lane, Leeds. Pictured Julie Heselden, wife of the late Jimi Helselden OBE, admiring the two gardens.

Visitors to a Leeds park can now see the garden which won the city its first gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The HESCO Garden 2010 together with its predecessor from 2009, The HESCO Garden, have been permanently relocated into the Gardens of the World section of Roundhay Park.

Date:14th September 2010.'Former miner Jimi Heselden, has been named one of the richest men in Britain. The miner who lost his job 20 years ago has turned his futune around by inventing portable wire cages these have been sold to the military resulting in between 1998 and 2003 the Pentagon alone bought more than $100m (�53m) worth of the flat-packed walls, which can be found throughout Iraq protecting tanks, helicopters and soldiers, as well as in Afghanistan and the Balkans. Pictured at his factory in Cross Green, Leeds, where he owns a decommissioned flighter plane, tank, military gun, and fire engine.

Date:14th September 2010.'Former miner Jimi Heselden, has been named one of the richest men in Britain. The miner who lost his job 20 years ago has turned his futune around by inventing portable wire cages these have been sold to the military resulting in between 1998 and 2003 the Pentagon alone bought more than $100m (�53m) worth of the flat-packed walls, which can be found throughout Iraq protecting tanks, helicopters and soldiers, as well as in Afghanistan and the Balkans. Pictured at his factory in Cross Green, Leeds, where he owns a decommissioned flighter plane, tank, military gun, and fire engine.

They were officially opened at a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor James McKenna yesterday. Both gardens were created by Leeds Council’s parks and countryside service supported and fully sponsored by the Leeds-based company HESCO Bastion Limited.

The opening honoured HESCO Bastion owner Jimi Heselden, who died in September last year.

Cllr James McKenna was joined by the family of Mr Heselden and BBC television gardening presenter Christine Walkden.

The gardens have been positioned alongside each other and next to the 2008 Largest Room in the House Chelsea war memorial garden, meaning the public will now be able to see three award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens together for free in a way not seen anywhere else in the country.

Both The HESCO Garden in 2009 and The HESCO Garden 2010 proved major hits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The HESCO Garden from 2009 won a Silver Gilt Flora award.