Barchams trees 1

Tatton garden build progress

Everything is moving on quickly as the Tatton Show date grows closer.

The build starts July 7th with the show opening to the public on Wednesday 23rd July (RHS judging is 22nd July).

Ken has had many of his students helping with the plant sowing, growing and especially the potting on as the plant material is doing really well in the venlo.

venlo planting

venlo planting 2

venlo planting 1

All the rebar trees have now been completed by the Engineering Department. They look fantastic and will provide a real WOW factor for the garden.

The Rebar Tree

We have encountered difficulties sourcing the aeroponic towers as they are largely manufactured in the USA at the moment. However, Chris and Ken have come up with a DIY solution that will work, look great and save some budget on importing them!

Anife and Carol made the very long trip down to visit Barchams Trees in Cambridge.  The trip was to reserve some beautiful trees for the edible forest space. The trip was successful and we now have some top notch specimens reserved.

Barchams trees 1

Barchams trees

In the coming days we will be working on the edible table, the seating, the chicken coup and of course managing all the precious plant material.

A massive sincere thank you to all those that have helped in any way towards the Tatton Project so far. Your help has been invaluable and much appreciated.


Tatton Show 2014

The plants are progressing really well, the trees we need have been reserved at the nursery and our first rebar tree has been completed by the engineering department – It is spectacular and is going to look stunning as part of the design and also within the back-drop of Tatton Park itself. Thank-you to the Engineering team, expectations are now high for the next two trees!

The Rebar Tree

At the front of our design is a bespoke mosaic that will be embedded within the hard landscaping. Constructed here at Reaseheath by students and lots of work from Ken Higginbotham, it is near completion and will provide a thoughtful entrance to the garden.


Contributions and support at families day – FdSc students Chris and Anife having great fun with visitors on a very sunny and successful families day! Curious children soon approached and joined in with the activity. It was also great to welcome our sponsors Wythenshawe Community Housing Group to the day.

Mosaic 2



Seed sowing in early May - RHS Tatton

Seed sowing for Tatton

A big ‘Thank-you’ to all those that helped with the seed sowing in early May, you all did a brilliant job. The seeds have been making super progress and we are now busy potting on and training beans and peas up strings – we need then as tall as possible!

Seed sowing in early May - RHS Tatton

Seed sowing in early May - RHS Tatton 2