Diarmuid Gavin apology
AN article last Sunday entitled "Towering garden sows discontent" incorrectly said that Diarmuid Gavin had used peat to construct his award-winning tower garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
We also incorrectly said that a letter from An Taisce to the Royal Horticultural Society had complained that Mr Gavin's actions had undermined the reputation of the Show and that the awarding of a medal to Mr Gavin's garden was inappropriate. That letter made no complaint about the horticultural activities of Mr Gavin.
We accept that Mr Gavin has promoted peat-free garden products and that he is a fully organic gardener. The Sunday Independent acknowledges that the Westland Magical Garden specifically used and promoted a peatless compost, West+ Light and Easy.
Mr Gavin deservedly won his medal and the rarely awarded 'Most Creative Garden in the Show' this year and has appropriately and deservedly won many medals from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over his 17-year association with same, reflecting his status as an original and creative garden designer with an international reputation for exciting ideas.
We apologise to Mr. Gavin for the errors and are happy to correct the record.