The Royal College of Pathologists has chosen a Scotts of Thrapston summerhouse to take pride of place on its low allergy garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

They have chosen an octagonal Baltimore summerhouse finished in Moorland Green paint which features a natural cedar shingle roof.

Dr Tim Wreghitt OBE, a fellow of the College, led the development of the garden which has been designed to communicate that there are many different flowering plants, trees and shrubs that have low amounts of pollen making them suitable for allergy sufferers.

He said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy gardening. It is a tremendously popular pastime but some people can be put off spending time in the garden due to their allergies. One in four people in the UK suffer from hay fever making it the country’s most common allergy, but sufferers from asthma and eczema can also find their symptoms worsen when exposed to pollen.

“Using a Scotts’ summerhouse we are showing hay fever sufferers that there are ways for them to enjoy their garden. A summerhouse can be a welcome retreat and a place to relax and enjoy your surroundings and when combined with low allergy planting there is no reason why people with allergies can’t make the most of the outdoor space.”

James Scott, director at Scotts of Thrapston said: “A summerhouse can be a welcome addition to any garden so we are thrilled that the Royal College of Pathologists has chosen to use one as a focal point on their stand. We’re sure that it will perfectly complement the excellent low allergy planting and be admired by visitors throughout the show.”

Alongside the Scotts of Thrapston summerhouse, the Royal College of Pathologists’ low allergy garden will include Trachelospermum, Jasminoides, Papaver, Hosta, Rosemary and Thyme as well as other low allergy and insect-pollinated plants.

Carole Boyd, who plays hay fever sufferer Lynda Snell in the BBC’s long-running popular radio programme The Archers, will be joining the President of The Royal College of Pathologists, Dr Suzy Lishman, on Monday 23 May, at the College’s Low Allergy Garden exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show.

For more information, visit the Scotts of Thrapston trade stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show – stand WA309 or The Royal College of Pathologists stand in the Pavilion Discovery Zone on stand GPH241 at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show from 24th to 28th May.