THE University of Chester is celebrating its 170th year in fine style after its garden, which was designed to commemorate its special anniversary, won a medal at this week’s RHS Show Tatton Park.
The garden, which has been specially designed for the show, won a silver gilt- the second highest category which is presented.
It incorporates many historic elements of the Chester campus, will be re-built in the university grounds following the event as a permanent Alumni Garden for past and present students.
Its theme Let Knowledge Grow is taken from a quote from Tennyson's poem In Memorium, which appears in a stained glass window near the chapel.
The accolade is the culmination of more than 12 months’ work by staff from the university, and particularly those from corporate communications and graphic services, with support from grounds and gardens.
Professor Tim Wheeler, the university’s vice-chancellor, said: “I’m delighted that the judges of the RHS Show have commended the University with the awarding of a silver gilt.
“This is the first time that the university has exhibited at the Show, and it is rare indeed for first-time exhibitors to be awarded a medal.”