Town set to bloom for in­au­gu­ral gar­den fest

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FLOW­ERS, art, mu­sic and dance will fill the town this week­end for the first ever Mac­cles­field Gar­den Fes­ti­val.

The event has been or­gan­ised by award­win­ning gar­dener Jon Til­ley who came up with the idea of run­ning a fes­ti­val to fill the gap left by the bi­en­nial Barn­aby Fes­ti­val.

Gar­den and art lovers will be able to ex­plore a range of gar­dens and sculp­tures on dis­play through­out the week­end, ac­com­pa­nied by a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal and dance per­for­mances.

Jon said there is some­thing for ev­ery­one, with family friendly events, and beau­ti­ful dis­plays which will de­light gar­den lovers.

He said: “The com­mu­nity has worked re­ally hard to pull this to­gether so it will be great if the com­mu­nity could come out and sup­port this one. There will be so much go­ing on. As well as these fan­tas­tic gar­dens we’ve got per­for­mances from the lo­cal dance acad­emy,

Or­gan­iser Jon Til­l­ley said there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one singers, choirs, brass bands.

“Our mis­sion state­ment was to cel­e­brate gar­dens, de­sign, arts and na­ture - it cov­ers ev­ery­thing.”

Jon has also ral­lied the sup­port of school chil­dren, with 14 pri­mary schools and five high schools get­ting in­volved.

He added: “We’ve got di­nosaurs cre­ated by early years stu­dents to pro­fes­sional sculp­tures and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. This isn’t just a gar­den fes­ti­val, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

The gar­den fes­ti­val takes place from Fri­day, May 19, un­til Sun­day, May 21.

The ma­jor­ity of per­for­mances will take place over the week­end, with gar­den lovers en­cour­aged to en­joy the dis­plays on the Fri­day.

The dis­plays will be in Christ Church Gar­dens, Great King Street, and at the Mar­ket Place.

Jon added: “Fri­day will be a lit­tle qui­eter and the gar­dens will be fresh so I’d sug­gest all the keen gar­den­ers head along on Fri­day, with all the family friendly events tak­ing place over the week­end.”

Gar­den ex­hibits - in­clud­ing work by RHS gold medal gar­den de­sign­ers - will in­clude a Juras­sic Gar­den, which will in­clude an­cient plants, and a re­cy­cled gar­den. The Grosvenor Cen­tre has also teamedup with schools in the area to pro­vide spe­cial gardening packs, with equip­ment to grow plants, flow­ers and veg­eta­bles.

Tick­ets cost £2.50 on Fri­day, or £4 on the week­end. For more in­for­ma­tion go to mac­cles­field gar­den­fes­ti­val.co.uk

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