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 and 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 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. It is testimony to the hard work and endeavours of all staff that have been involved in this richly deserved success, and a real highlight in the university’s anniversary year.”
Lynda Baguley, corporate events co-ordinator, added: “The garden incorporates many of the plants and structures seen in the university’s own grounds and gardens, from reclaimed Cheshire brick to red sandstone, and taking Let Knowledge Grow as the theme is particularly appropriate on the 170th anniversary of its foundation.”