Ashwells Reclaimed Timber featured in two of this year’s RHS Chelsea garden designs.  They wanted to use the opportunity to raise their profile and demonstrate sustainable landscape design best practice. We made sure they took centre stage 

Ashwells: Public Relations

BOOKED BY: Ashwells Timber

SERVICE PROVIDED: Media relations, social media management, web copy, email marketing

TARGET AUDIENCE: Landscape architects, garden designers, architects, civil engineers (UK) – Local community Essex & Kent

Jill says:

It’s not very often you can say that the work you’ve done has helped save the trees.  But in this instance it’s not an exaggeration.  

Ashwells Reclaimed Timber is a tropical reclamation specialist based in Bulphan, Essex.   They salvage and rescue beautiful, durable tropical timber.  Preventing it from going to landfill and stopping more tropical trees from being cut down unnecessarily. 

Reclaimed tropical timber from Ashwells timber mill is regularly commissioned by award winning landscape designers, architects and civil engineers.  With timber included in major projects across the UK, from the Chelsea Flower Show, and Hampton Court, to The Eden Project and London Zoo.  But in the past, these high profile collaborations had not been showcased to maximum effect.

When Ashwells timber was chosen to feature in two RHS Chelsea gardens Janine and Deb, Ashwells owners, decided to ask us to step in to help.

We recommended a comprehensive public relations project, spanning two weeks following the RHS Chelsea show.  Leading on media relations, and also including social media management, web content and email marketing.  The project would use the high profile gardens as a way to legitimise Ashwells position as the UK’s leading reclaimed tropical timber supplier and enable the firm to become a respected voice on sustainable landscape design.

Reclaimed timber takes pride of place in the Back to Nature and Facebook: Behind the Curtain gardens at RHS Chelsea 2019  

It was a great project to work on, not least because of the strong sustainability message and powerful supporting photography.

Highlights include:

  • Lead feature in BBC Radio Essex ‘Your Essex’ programme
  • Press coverage across Essex and Kent titles including, Southend Echo, Kent Online, Thurrock & South Essex Independent
  • Press coverage across trade titles, including Salvo Web
  • + 1,934% increase in Facebook page engagement
  • + 175% in LinkedIn page views
  • 11,499 total Instagram post impressions
  • 20,600 total Tweet impressions
  • 32% email open rate

I’m proud of this public relations campaign because it delivered exactly what Ashwells asked for: a strong sustainability story, using RHS Chelsea to help keep the timber mill front of mind amongst landscape architects.  This initial project is just the start, with plans now in development for regular case study focused PR and social media engagement designed to educate and inform landscape architects across the UK.

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If you’d like us to create a PR campaign like this for you, please get in touch.

Call Jill Willis on 07855 409970 or email [email protected] to chat about how we can help.