Pupils hope for big grins with Cheshire cat dis­play

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

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.

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