Blooming out all over with Knutsford's spectacular 2009 Floral Walk! | Knutsford Times

Blooming out all over with Knutsford’s spectacular 2009 Floral Walk!

By on July 20, 2009

The scenic floral walk links Knutsford train station to the town gates of Tatton Park which will be adorned with a dramatic floral arch. This gentle, picturesque 10 minute walk along Knutsford’s historic King Street is the perfect way to start a day at the RHS Show.

Restaurants, galleries, cafes and shops throughout the town will be decorated with beautiful floral creations as they compete for the coveted RHS Trophy for Best Floral Display in Knutsford 2009, in association with Visit Chester & Cheshire.

All businesses in Knutsford town centre are welcome to compete but must register by Friday 17th July in order to be judged! Displays will be judged on horticultural excellence, innovation , creativity and sustainability by a select panel including Tatton Park Head Gardener Sam Youd.

The winner will be announced by the Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Simon at a special reception hosted by popular King Street restaurant Gusto on 22nd July.

Visitors to the 2009 RHS show at Tatton Park can save money by booking an advance rail and show ticket with Northern Rail and enjoying a whole host of special offers in the shops, restaurants and cafés along Knutsford’s Floral Walk. Once arriving at Tatton Park’s Knutsford Gate visitors can then hop on board the free RHS shuttle bus for a ride through  scenic parkland to the showground.

The event is being funded by Cheshire East Council as part of its recession mitigation plan, to help link the businesses of the town with one of the UK’s most well known and well loved flower shows. Cllr Jamie Macrae said: “We hope that the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park will help promote Cheshire’s exemplary garden heritage to even more visitors from across the UK.

At the same time the floral walk gave us the perfect opportunity to make a real link with the town. It will help to spread the benefit to businesses in the town and encourage people to see Knutsford as somewhere they can combine with a visit to Tatton Park.”

With just a few days left to register all businesses in Knutsford town centre are encouraged to dust off their forks and trowels and compete for this prestigious prize. You can register by emailing Alice Ferguson at or telephone 01625 504677 for more information.

For more details on the Knutsford Floral Walk, visit


•    The Flagship gardens: Tatton Park, Lyme Park, Chester Zoological Garden, Arley Hall and Gardens, Jodrell Bank, Ness Gardens, Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Capesthorne Hall, Gawsworth Hall and Norton Priory.

•    Less known but extremely beautiful gardens of distinction: Adlington Hall, Dunham Massey, Mount Pleasant, Walkden Gardens, Quarry Bank Mill & Secret Garden, Eaton Estate, Rode Hall, Weeping Ash Garden, The Quinta Arboretum, Combermere Abbey, Walton Hall Gardens, Hare Hill, Stapeley Water Gardens, Dunge Valley Hidden gardens, Dorfold Hall, Bridgemere Garden World, Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Stonyford Cottage Nursery & Gardens, Little Moreton Hall.

•    Developed by local tourism board, Visit Chester & Cheshire in partnership with European Regional Development Fund, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Cheshire’s leading gardens.

•    Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction programme celebrates the richness and diversity of Cheshire’s horticultural heritage and green spaces.  Building on the success of Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 08 marketing programme, the project aims to continue to achieve significant impact for the regional tourism industry from local, national and international markets.

•    Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Between 2007 and 2013 the Northwest of England will receive a total of £521million (dependent on exchange rate) from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Managed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), this funding will enhance the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in employment and enterprise. For further information about ERDF please visit

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