Gold for Cheshire East at RHS Tatton 2010
The Authority’s display at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Show has won a gold medal for an exhibit in the flowerbed competition for ‘Cheshire Cheese Please’ – a giant cheeseboard made entirely of flora and fauna.
It comes hot on the heels of Cheshire East Council’s double win at last month’s Cheshire Show (Champion Trade Stand and 1st place in the non-agricultural stand for the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign).
The cheeseboard features a red and white begonia rug laid on a green grass floor. A slice of Cheshire cheese wedge of yellow marigolds sits on top, with a cheese knife, created by local artist Richard Wainwright.
A cheeky cat sculpture sneaking up on a greedy little mouse completes the scene. The natural willow sculptures have been created by local artist, Jean Crocker.
Next-door to the display is Cheshire East Council’s cheese trail which pays homage to the Borough’s rich cheese-making history. Visitors will be given a map to guide them through the trail – from its humble origins in Nantwich, the successful Delamere Dairy in Knutsford and playing host to the National Cheese Awards, with more than 2,500 exhibits.
Officers from Cheshire East Council’s Streetscape team led the design and growth of the flowerbed. All those attending are urged to come and take a look and get the chance to speak with gardening and cheese experts.
Cheshire East Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member for prosperity, said:
“The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the Cheshire East calendar and vital to boosting tourism. It shows Cheshire at its best, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year.
“Once again, those behind Cheshire East Council’s flowerbed have shown innovation, dedication and a sense of fun – the display is credit to their hard-work.
“Cheshire cheese has a long and much-loved history in this area and its success and longevity is being clearly celebrated through the ‘trail’. The fact that the cheese-making course at Reaseheath College is as popular as when it began in the 1920s is testament to our appreciation of this product and its impact on the local economy.
“I would like to urge everyone who is planning to attend RHS Tatton to take a look at Cheshire East Council’s display and see what is on offer.”
Picture: Cheshire East Council head of regeneration, Caroline Simpson, Michael Brown who grew the flowers at Cheshire East Council’s propagation unit in Congleton, Cheshire East Mayor, Gordon Baxendale, Landscape officer Kathy Swindells and Cheshire East Council’s Chief Executive, Erika Wenzel
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