The Strongest Link was created for the RAF Benevolent Fund for Chelsea Flower Show 2022. This moving tribute was designed by John Everiss, an award-winning garden designer and sculptor whose work tends to deal with sensitive issues around health and war.

Following the garden’s success at Chelsea, achieving a well-deserved Silver medal, HED was commissioned to facilitate its sensitive relocation to a permanent home at London Biggin Hill Airport, where visitors are able to sit and reflect on the sacrifice and dedication of all those who have served with the RAF.

HED helped facilitate the rebuild, with subtle amendments to help knit the garden into its new context and neighbouring airport hotel.

The highlight of the garden is a stunning 4m sculpture of a young pilot looking up to the sky, described by the RAF as ‘a moving tribute for all those who have served and continue to serve in the RAF.’ The construction involves an incredible 223 layers of stainless steel.

Originally opened by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the First World War, London Biggin Hill has a rich heritage, playing a key role during the Battle of Britain.

Today, London Biggin Hill is the UK’s fastest growing business aviation airport. Over the last decade, sustained investment in new hangars and infrastructure has attracted global business, and there are today over 70 companies employing more than 1,000 people on the 500 acre site.

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