A CELEBRATED gardener wants to bring one of his creations to Ellesmere Port.
Celebrity gardener Chris Beardshaw’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park exhibit garden is to make its permanent home in the town in support of a green campaign in Grange ward – thanks to Groundwork UK.
Groundwork Cheshire and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Our Place team is looking for builders, bricklayers, joiners and van drivers to donate time to help prepare the site and transport and rebuild the garden at its new home on Atherton Road.
On Saturday a day of activities kick-started the ‘Green Grange’ campaign and residents planted hanging baskets and strawberry and tomato plants, collected recipe cards and learned about allotments, composting and reducing electricity costs.
The event also provided an opportunity to sign up to help with the preparation, transportation and rebuilding of the garden and join the council’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
Groundwork Cheshire project manager Fiona Cowley said: “Groundwork has been working the RHS to create exhibits and gardens at this year’s UK garden shows, and we were delighted when the Grange Garden was announced as part of Chris Beardshaw’s design for the Tatton Park show.
“Local residents asked us for this space and have been involved every step of the way and now we really need local people with the right skills to donate just a few hours of their time to help get it here and in situ.”
The Grange garden forms part of Groundwork’s ‘Urban Oasis’ project sponsored by Marks & Spencer.
Each Groundwork Trust chose a garden show and nominated a community space and group to take part in the scheme, and Atherton Road was put forward for the Tatton event.
Chris then met the residents and designed a section of the show garden based on the needs of the area.
Cllr Tony Sherlock said: “The garden will create a public space on currently unused land which can be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages.”
Once the garden is in place BASE Motopark will maintain it through its volunteer programme.
If you think you can help transport and install the garden, call Collette Linford at the council’s Our Place team on 0151 356 6691.