Praise for New Mills School’s RHS Tatton Show garden

New Mills students Luke and Chris Park get their hands dirty with the school's entry to the RHS Tatton Show.
New Mills students Luke and Chris Park get their hands dirty with the school's entry to the RHS Tatton Show.

A group of green-fingered school children have been celebrating after their design was showered with praise at a top regional garden show.

New Mills School’s entry to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire, was awarded a distinction in the school front garden competition.

The project took six months to prepare and was inspired by New Mills’ industrial heritage going back 600 years.

Of the 18 schools involved only two earned distinctions.

Organiser Chris Barker said: “Students did lots of research at the heritage centre, and then lots of work in the school’s nurseries, nurturing plants. It was truly a cross-curricular effort.”

The young team staffed the garden for two days of the show, greeting visitors from across the country, including High Peak Mayor,Councillor Stewart Young, and mayoress Charlotte Young.

Titled Let’s Grow ... Calico, the garden featured a backdrop painted by sixth form art students depicting the 15th century manorial corn mill of New Milne alongside elements from the Torrs, the Millennium Walkway and from original calico prints.

The planting was styled on elements of the textile industry, with a handmade loom and beds following block print patterns, John Potts’ calico engraved roller and a water wheel in a stream of blue.

The stream was lined with Love Hearts in tribute to confectioners Swizzels Matlow.

Chris added: “Thanks to county councillor Beth Atkins’ leadership fund and Chafes solicitors, whose financial support allowed us to enter.”