Camellia Hayes has taken a more unconventional route to the world of landscape architecture, having spent the last decade high jumping at international and national levels; during which she achieved a Geography BA (Hons) degree (2013 – 2016) and worked for a Transport Safety Research Centre.

However, it is Camellia’s fascination with the natural world that has remained a constant throughout her life. Growing up, Camellia fondly recalls walking across the fields near her home and attempting to make her own tadpole pond with bin bags. Later in life, being involved in a high-pressured environment, Camellia found solace in her countryside walks as a way to recharge.

Now Camellia is in the final term of her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, where she is researching the relationship between workplace greenspaces and mental health. ‘The Healing Garden’ was Camellia’s first design to be featured in an RHS Flower Show, where she was thrilled to win a Silver-Gilt medal.