Pupils hope for big grins with Cheshire cat display
PRIMARY schools in Macclesfield are hoping their displays will come up smelling of roses at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.
Whirley Primary and Gawsworth Primary are two of the town’s entrants into the prestigious garden competition.
The schools are two of eight Macclesfield exhibitors at the five-day event, which is expected to draw around 80,000 visitors and will boast more than 300 displays and garden features.
This year’s theme is ‘sustainability’ and ‘turning Britain’s grey parts green’ and the children at Whirley are hoping their Cheshire Cat themed garden will catch the judges’ eye.
The school’s headteacher, John Rowan, said: “The show is something we do every year with the Garden Club made up of children from reception to Year six.
“In previous years, the school received a ‘highly commended’, a distinction and a first place and we’re hoping for another first place this year.”
The garden, which is the brainchild of Janet Carney, who runs the gardening club, includes animals made from recycled materials and 200 hand sewn leaves, one from each pupil in the school.
Gawsworth Primary School is entering the competition for the first time with their creation based on Gawsworth Hall court jester Maggoty Johnson, buried in Maggoty Wood in Gawsworth.
Pam Childs, headteacher, said: “We just wanted the children to enjoy doing it and the public to enjoy seeing it – to win anything would be a bonus but we’re not expecting anything.”
Tatton Park’s own team will present a Chinese themed creation, the ‘Mother of Gardens’, including a Chinese house with a dove tree, bamboo, hibiscus and kiwi fruit.
Coun Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for communities, said the council is privileged to host the event.
He said: “It truly represents the Chelsea of the north and we hope all gardening enthusiasts will come along. Tatton Park is a wonderful venue for this event.”
The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park runs from Wednesday, July 22, until Sunday, July 26.
Highways England is warning road users that some congestion is possible as a result of increased traffic.
Signs before and during the event will be in place to give advice to drivers.