‘Juras­sic park’ to roar at fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

DI­NOSAURS are poised to in­vade as gar­den­ers cre­ate a jun­gle of pre­his­toric plants and trees.

The Juras­sic gar­den is be­ing cre­ated at Christ Church for the first Mac­cles­field Gar­den Fes­ti­val, which launches this month.

Ancient plants such as mag­no­lia trees and mon­key puz­zle trees, which have sur­vived from the time of the di­nosaurs, will be on dis­play.

And ad­ven­tur­ers brave enough to wan­der around the pre­his­toric habi­tat will en­counter huge di­nosaurs lurk­ing among the shrubs.

The di­nosaurs – which will reach up to eight feet tall – are be­ing cre­ated by chil­dren at six Mac­cles­field schools us­ing the fes­ti­val’s theme and re­cy­cle’.

Palaeon­tol­o­gist Stu Pond, from Sut­ton, will be at the gar­den to an­swer ques­tions about di­nosaurs and the Juras­sic age.

Jon Til­ley, a gar­den de­signer who is or­gan­is­ing the fes­ti­val, said: “I had some ancient plants and thought it would be good to do a Juras­sic gar­den and put it out to the schools to come up with some re­al­is­tic-look­ing di­nosaurs.

“It will be like a mini Juras­sic Park in Mac­cles­field for the week­end.

“It’s a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren, who will use re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to make the di­nosaurs and learn about the ancient plants which we will have on dis­play, like gingko biloba and ferns.

“The plants are from a time in his­tory be­fore fly­ing pol­li­na­tors like bees. Bee­tles used to climb up the stems and trunks and eat through the petals of the flower and pol­li­nate them that way.

“There will be newly hatched chick­ens next to the gar­den and when you think that birds came from di­nosaurs you can ab­so­lutely see the shape of a di­nosaur when you look at them. The chick­ens are the per­fect thing to have along­side the Juras­sic gar­den.” ‘re­use

The fes­ti­val aims to be a cel­e­bra­tion of hor­ti­cul­ture, art and na­ture and is plug­ging the gap in the years be­tween Barn­aby Fes­ti­vals, which hap­pen ev­ery other year.

Tem­po­rary gar­dens will be cre­ated around the town and stu­dents will cre­ate art in­stal­la­tions around the town hall pil­lars, among a host of other events.

Jon said: “It will be fan­tas­tic to see the town come alive with colour­ful gar­dens and for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether to make it hap­pen.”

The fes­ti­val is from Fri­day, May 19 to Sun­day, May 21. For more in­for­ma­tion go to mac­cles­fieldgar­den­fes­ti­val.co.uk

Re­cep­tion class chil­dren (from left) Gabe Adam­son, Maeve Busby and Harry Price with the Spot­tyosaurus they helped make

Mac­cles­field Gar­den Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Jon Til­ley with a mon­key puz­zle tree for the Juras­sic gar­den

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