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Meet the design team for RHS Tatton 2017

Members of this year’s team are currently either completing their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design or in their 2nd year of BSc (Hons) Landscape Management Degree.

Each team member has brought individual talents to the team and has worked on different elements of the show garden, which will be displayed at RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park which is running from Wednesday 19th July to Sunday 23rd July 2017.

The Leaf

Reaseheath garden catches the eye at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Pupils from The Dingle Primary School, Haslington, enjoyed the limelight when they appeared on Reaseheath College’s eye catching garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Thomas Atkinson, six, his seven year-old sister Beau, Poppy Beeson, eight, and seven year-old Ruby Deaville, who were dressed as ‘bug hunters’, posed on the garden with a giant aphid for photographers on press day.

The flower show, which showcases the best of British gardening talent, was enjoyed by 80,000 visitors before closing on Sunday (July 26). Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, a regular medal winner in previous years, chose this year to put on an educative feature so was not judged in the show garden category.

Beau Atkinson, Ruby Deaville, Poppy Beeson and Thomas Atkinson

Beau Atkinson, Poppy Beeson, Ruby Deaville and Thomas Atkinson from The Dingle Primary School with Reaseheath College’s giant aphid

In line with the RHS’s aim to inspire the younger generation into careers involving horticultural science and viable food production, the garden – called ‘The Leaf’, took visitors on an exploration through the structural layers of a leaf and showed how the plant might try to avoid predators.

The garden was sponsored by Pochin Construction, who are the contractors on Reaseheath’s £8.5 million national centre for horticulture, sustainability and environmental management which is currently being built. The giant aphid was manufactured by Nantwich firm Harbrook Engineering.

The garden itself was designed and built by Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design undergraduates Matthew Kent, Nigel Barber and Sam Lawton. Matt said: “We wanted to step outside the box and design something which was young and interesting. We really enjoyed the reaction of visitors when they were viewing the garden.”

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Floristry student Robyn Longden shows off the RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year award

Reaseheath floristry students were also celebrating after winning the RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year Competition for the second year running.

The prestigious competition is open to UK based floristry colleges and training providers and showcases the talent of students.

Reaseheath’s victorious team were Level 3 Diploma in Floristry students Carol Edgington, Robyn Longden and Rachel Collinson-Fletcher, who were supported by Head of Floristry Sue Poole.

The students, who were commended by Chairman of Judges Ian Lloyd for their contemporary design skills and for the impeccable condition of their flowers and foliage, have now qualified for the national finals at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Reaseheath’s student team took the ‘runner-up’ title at Chelsea this year.

The challenge at Tatton was to create four designs which represented ‘Musical Through Time’. Reaseheath’s florists chose ‘My Fair Lady’ as their theme and created a hat, a wired bouquet, a buffet table arrangement and an arrangement for the entrance of the theatre.

As well as winning the college competition they also won a silver gilt medal for their stand.

Ian Lloyd, who is a senior RHS floristry judge, said: “The stand was immaculate and the finish and presentation were excellent. The whole exhibit was a real credit to Reaseheath’s students and all the judges were extremely impressed.”

Three Reaseheath horticulture students also contested the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening semi finals at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Chris Shore, 20, who has just completed his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, qualified for the national finals, to be held at The Skills Show in November.

Reaseheath was also one of partners on the Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction exhibit and ran a series of demonstrations in the Discover and Grow section.

Anife Turchin

Meet our Design and Build team

All members of this year’s team have completed their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design and most will progress onto our BSc (Hons) in Landscape Design and Management (one year top-up).

Every member has brought individual talents to the team and has worked on different elements of the garden. Bringing it all together has been the biggest challenge – visit us at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (F 281 in the FEAST zone) to see how we’ve got on.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park runs from Wed July 23rd (members only) to Sunday July 27th.

Anife Turchin

Age: 29

Ambition: Landscape architect

Lives in: Nantwich

Anife TurchinAnife came to Britain from Bulgaria six years ago to further her education. Passionately interested in nature and science and also in art and design, she hopes eventually to work for a blue chip company which shares her vision of a shared partnership between plants, people and design.

Anife completed part-time RHS Level 1 Certificate in Horticulture and BTEC Advanced Certificate in Garden Design courses before moving up onto our Foundation Degree. Brought up growing her own organic food, she has been very much at home helping with this year’s theme of ‘feast’.

Anife says: “Being a member of the build team has been fantastic. I’ve loved meeting the sponsors, communicating with them and helping to bring their ideas to life.”

Kim Eastham

                                                        

Age: 49

Ambition: NHS health advisor / Community project manager

Lives in: Macclesfield

Kim EasthamKim worked in financial services for 16 years before retraining to become a teaching assistant for primary pupils with special needs. She moved into adult learning support, first at Macclesfield College and then at Styal Prison.

She was seconded onto Styal’s show garden build team for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2013 and found the whole project fascinating, particularly the way it promoted responsibility, respect and support within the team.

Keen to further her interest in ways that horticulture can support well being, Kim recalls: “The garden build gave the team members focus away from their tightly programmed daily lives in  prison, allowing them to spend key time out of doors and to mix socially. As a result many became calmer and were able to reduce their medication.”

Dave Read

       

Age: 26

Ambition: Landscape architect

Lives in: Antrobus, Northwich

Dave ReadDave has continued to work part time on his family’s arable farm while studying to further his interest in the natural environment.

Considering continuing onto a Masters in Landscape Architecture after his BSc degree, Dave says: “Food growing, farming and environmental design are all connected. The effect that the built landscape has on our countryside is becoming increasingly important, particularly as new buildings tend to be big, modern structures which stand out.”

Rob Hallwood

 

Age: 22

Ambition: Garden designer

Lives in: Wallasey, Wirral

Always interested in a career in horticulture, Rob gained five years of experience with a landscape gardening company and is now employed as a customer advisor at the Homebase Garden Centre in Bromborough.

He completed a two year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture at Reaseheath before continuing onto our Foundation Degree and has combined studying with working throughout.

Particularly interested in garden design, Rob is looking forward to working for a large company where he can unleash his talents on a wide range of designs.

A first timer on our design and build team, Rob says: “I’ve loved the opportunity to see the whole process, from conception to completion.”

Tom Noden

 

Age: 20

Ambition: Horticulturist at one of Australia’s botanical gardens

Lives in: Middlewich

Tom NodenSoon to start his sixth year of studies at Reaseheath, Tom has worked his way up to degree level via our Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture and our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture which included work experience at Trentham Gardens and a two month placement at Tatton Park.

He’s worked for Cranage Nurseries since he was 15 and also at Minshulls Garden Centre in Crewe for two years, using the time to extend his knowledge of plants and planting. He’s already started his own garden maintenance business and plans to expand into hard landscaping.

Eventually Tom would love to work in one of Australia’s famous botanical gardens or alternatively join a leading UK landscape company.

Another of our first time builders, Tom says: “During the second year of my degree I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my ability to design. I’m now looking forward to seeing how the project management works at RHS Tatton.”

Christopher Hintze

 

Age: 25

Ambition: CAD lecturer specialising in horticulture

Lives in: Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales

Chris HintzeOur CAD supremo, Chris already had a mechanical engineering background in Computer Aided Design and has quickly transferred his skills from vehicles to gardens. He’s also grown up surrounded by farms and communities who grow their own food, so A Taste of Wythenshawe has been a perfect project for him.

He’s particularly enjoyed creating 3D visualisation of gardens during his course and would like to progress onto commercial projects and possibly public commissions before moving into teaching.

Another first time builder, Chris says: “I’ve really enjoyed helping to make sure the computer model is graphically correct, then seeing it become live. I’d like to think that computer modelling gives more precision and speed to the design process and that the end result is better.”

Christian Chetwood

Age: 20

Ambition: Landscape architect

Lives in: Crewe

Christian ChetwoodChristian has found that our Foundation Degree in Gardens and Landscape Design offers the perfect combination of plants and design.

He already had an ‘A’ level in graphic communications when he came to us plus a keen interest in plants and an appreciation of nature.

Christian particularly likes naturalistic design using sustainable methods and has really enjoyed figuring out how to make the hydroponics work for our show garden.

He says: “The whole Tatton experience has been amazing.  I’m hoping that our garden and its ‘grow your own’ message will encourage visitors to think more about community gardening.”

Jean Scott

Age: 60

Ambition: Community care for the elderly

Live in: Heswall, Wirral

Jean ScottJean has a well established garden maintenance business, based within a population which has a high number of retirees.

As a result she has become increasingly involved in finding solutions for elderly residents who want to remain in their own homes but find their current gardens too difficult to manage. Redesigning the garden to suit a less active lifestyle is one option, finding a sharer to help with the heavier tasks is another..but Jean has gone one step further by introducing popular plants from the past to help bring back memories.

Jean says: “It’s important that we don’t overlook the social side of gardening, particularly when it involves older people. With a little thought and pre-planning we can encourage the older gardener to remain active and engaged and this can be hugely beneficial to their overall health.”

Jean, who achieved a Diploma in Town Planning during an earlier career, has found her return to learning to be enjoyable. She completed an RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture and followed this with a 16 week BTEC in Garden Design before opting to study for a degree.

She helped plant up our show garden at RHS Tatton last year and has been involved with planting this year along with some project management. She’s now looking forward to chatting to visitors and seeing their reaction to our garden.

Tom Lewis

Age: 23

Ambition: Garden designer

Lives in: Alderley Edge

Off to Canada in August, Tom hopes to work as a garden designer for 12 months and after that…who knows???

Apart from working towards setting up his own garden design and maintenance business, multi talented Tom is also a part-time musician and a part-time ski instructor at the Chill Factore, Manchester’s indoor ski centre.

He likes working out of doors and enjoys art and design, so a career in garden design ticks both boxes. This is his second year on a Reaseheath design and build team at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Says Tom: “Tatton is one of the biggest things I’ve done. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with a professional show build and looks great on my CV.”

Fergal Owens

Age: 22

Ambition: Garden designer

Lives in: Wilmslow

Fergal came to Reaseheath after ‘A’ levels to do his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture and has progressed from there onto our Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design.

While a Level 3 student he was selected to represent Reaseheath in the qualifying round of the WorldsSkills UK garden landscape competition, an invaluable experience which has stood him in good stead ever since. He’s used his degree course to build on his practical skills and has also learned a range of design and planting techniques.

Fergal says: “The best part of the course is being involved in RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The prestige and reputation of the event is awesome and it’s amazing being part of the design and build team.”

Members of Reaseheath’s show garden design and build team are joined by representatives of WCHG as they complete an eyecatching mosaic for the show garden

Reaseheath’s show garden adds flavour to RHS Flower Show

Members of Reaseheath’s show garden design and build team are joined by representatives of WCHG as they complete an eyecatching mosaic for the show garden

Members of Reaseheath’s show garden design and build team are joined by representatives of WCHG as they complete an eyecatching mosaic for the show garden

A truly edible show garden, A Taste of Wythenshawe celebrates the success of community health and welfare programmes led by sponsors the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG).

Designed and built by Foundation Degree Garden and Landscape Design students from Reaseheath College and on display next week at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the garden incorporates innovative and creative approaches to growing edible plants suitable for a 21st century urban community.

Its inspiration is Real Food Wythenshawe, a five year £1 million Big Lottery-funded community food campaign led by WCHG which promotes ways that people can grow their own fruit and vegetables and cook healthy, economical meals.

After the show the garden will be rebuilt in Wythenshawe Park, where it will be shared by the local community. The re-instatement will be carried out by members of the Turnaround team, a programme developed by WCHG to offer training and potentially employment opportunities to those with criminal records.

All team members have been trained by Reaseheath College and have successfully gained their NPTC Level 2 horticulture award. One member, Stephen Cleator, is now employed in WCHG’s grounds maintenance department.

The Turnaround team assisted in the show build and the local community were involved in pre-show planning and development.

Said WCHG Chief Executive Nigel Wilson: “The Real Food Wythenshawe campaign supports and encourages residents to take control over what they and their families eat. It demonstrates that healthy eating is possible for everyone, regardless of age, budget, ability or time constraints. In the same way, the garden promotes growing and eating home grown produce and, at the same time, reducing food miles and carbon footprint.

“We are delighted to be partnering Reaseheath College with this innovative show garden and even more excited about the prospect of bringing it back home to Wythenshawe. The icing on the cake, for us, is that the Turnaround team are playing a central role in this truly community based project.”

A Taste of Wythenshawe is in the Feast zone, an area which celebrates fresh produce and the joy of growing and cooking home grown food. Cookery demonstrations will take place in the zone using vegetables and fruit from the plot.

The garden design uses interlocking segments to form a crescent shape which mirrors the layout of Wythenshawe’s original garden city. It reflects the concept of the ‘three magnets’: Countryside as an edible ‘forest garden’, Town as a community seat and eat area and Town/Country, a community garden combining edible and ornamental planting. Tramlines represent the connection of Wythenshawe to Manchester through expansion of the Metrolink.

Hydroponics, an aeroponic tower and sculptural features such as rebar trees made by Reaseheath’s Engineering Department offer opportunities for vertical growing to save space and water.Food foraging is promoted through an edible meadow, a foraging forest, a herb living wall, a salad table and a traditional allotment with chicken coup. Pollinating insects, especially bees, are encouraged by a wide variety of pollinator plants and recycled materials are used wherever possible.

The design and build team are students who have just completed their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design. Most are returning to college for a further year’s study to complete their BSc Landscape Design and Management.

 

For further details of RHS Flower Show Tatton Park see www.rhs.org.uk/shows

For further details of Reaseheath’s Higher Education courses horticulture courses see www.reaseheath.ac.uk/higher-education/horticulture

 

Members of Reaseheath’s show garden design and build team are joined by representatives of WCHG as they complete an eyecatching mosaic for the show garden

Reaseheath students gear up for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Members of Reaseheath’s show garden design and build team are joined by representatives of WCHG as they complete an eyecatching mosaic for the show garden

Members of Reaseheath’s show garden design and build team are joined by representatives of WCHG as they complete an eyecatching mosaic for the show garden

Reaseheath College garden designers and florists are gearing up for the prestigious RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (July 23 – July 27). We have an impressive medal record for our show gardens and floral designs and our students are hoping to add to the tally with this year’s entries.

 

Feast 291 A Taste of Wythenshawe

The show garden team busy growing on their vegetables

The show garden team busy growing on their vegetables

A team of Foundation Degree Garden and Landscape Design students, helped by  fellow learners from all horticultural courses, are creating an edible show garden in the ‘Feast’ zone, an area which celebrates fresh produce and the joy of growing and cooking home grown food.

Sponsored by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG), the garden incorporates innovative and creative approaches to growing edible plants including hydroponics and sculptural features. It celebrates Real Food Wythenshawe, a five year £1 million Big Lottery-funded community food campaign led by WCHG which promotes ways that people can grow their own fruit and vegetables and cook healthy, economical meals.

After the show the garden will be rebuilt in Wythenshawe Park, where it will be shared by the local community.

Said WCHG Chief Executive Nigel Wilson: “The Real Food Wythenshawe campaign supports and encourages residents to take control over what they and their families eat. It demonstrates that healthy eating is possible for everyone, regardless of age, budget, ability or time constraints.

“We are delighted to be partnering Reaseheath College with this innovative show garden and even more excited about the prospect of bringing it back home to Wythenshawe.”

The garden re-instatement at Wythenshawe will be carried out by members of the Turnaround team, who have also assisted in the show build. The Turnaround programme was developed by WCHG to offer training and potentially employment opportunities to those with criminal records. All team members have been trained by Reaseheath and have successfully gained their NPTC Level 2 horticulture award.

 

Inspire 149 Cheshire Gardens of Distinction

Reaseheath RHS students are helping to build a carnival themed show feature for the Cheshire Gardens of Distinction, which this year celebrates its 10th birthday. The group will be represented by eight leading visitor attractions: Arley Hall and Gardens,  Adlington Hall and Gardens, Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens, Fryers Roses of Knutsford, Biddulph Grange, Norton Priory, Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nurseries and the Cheshire Gardens Trust.

Reaseheath Horticulture lecturer Tracey Walker has helped to co-ordinate the stand, which is in the ‘Inspire’ zone, an area dedicated to cutting edge design and fresh ideas. Each of the eight gardens will feature ‘The Rose of Distinction’, a new floribunda rose being launched by Fryers Roses to celebrate the group’s centenary.

 

Floral Design Studio

Reaseheath florists will showcase their talents with a creative, carnival themed stand.

Five floristry students will also compete in the new Floristry College of the Year Competition. Level 3 Diploma in Floristry students Anna Eite, Zoe Sillito, Wendy Anderson, Carron White and Christine Roberts will be supported by Programme Leader for Floristry Sue Poole.

The students will create five designs using flowers with a colour theme of red, green and yellow: a mask, a wall hanging, an arrangement, a wired bouquet and a planted design. The winning college will go through to the final at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

Hopes are high for a good result, as Anna and Zoe won second and third places respectively at a recent WorldSkills UK competition.

 

WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Semi Finals

Talented Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture Richard Carden will represent Reaseheath in this prestigious competition. He is one of eight students (divided into teams of two) challenged to build 2m x 6m gardens designed by Alexandra Froggatt.

Competition entries were the highest yet and Richard successfully completed a theory test and tie-breaker exercise to claim his place in the semi-finals. The judges will be Association of Professional Landscapers chairman Mark Gregory, garden designer and four times RHS gold medal winner Adam Frost, landscape firm owner Jody Lidgard and 2011 WorldSkillsUK medal winner Simon Abbott.

Winners from the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will compete at the WorldSkills UK finals, to be held at The Skills Show, Birmingham NEC, in November. There they will fight for the national title in front of 70,000 people and will also be in the running for selection for the international WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next year.

 

You can find out more about Garden and Landscape Design, Horticulture and Floral Design courses on the Reaseheath website.

 

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A Taste of Wythenshawe

FdSc students and tutors getting to grips with the living wall – a key feature in the Tatton design ‘A Taste of Wythenshawe‘. The wall is constructed of modular trays planted with a variety of herbs and edible plants. The modules were fiddly to construct and took quite some time to put together and plant up.

Fingers crossed we will be rewarded with fabulous green walls for the show!

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A taste of Wythenshawe

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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.

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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.

Mosaic

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.

Mosaic

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

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RHS Tatton Garden Design

Tatton Entry 2014

The Year 2 Foundation Degree Students (Garden and Landscape Design) have been sponsored this year by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group to design and build a garden that supports and promotes some of their work within the community of Wythenshawe.

Students and tutors presented the initial design in early April. The design takes inspiration from Garden cities, real food and allotment spaces for the 21st Century. The presentation went really well and all the Housing Group representatives were enthusiastic and very complimentary about the design and work to date. The sponsors especially liked the inclusion of the tram lines as construction is well underway for the metrolink extension, linking Wythenshawe to the Airport and Manchester City Centre.

As a group we have been researching hydroponics, developing a plant list and trying to agree heights for rebar trees! Seed sowing and potting on has now become the priority!

This blog will be used to bring regular updates on the design, progress of the overall project, student profiles, information on the work undertaken by the sponsors and of course all of the key dates!

We are very proud to launch our design to the world and we hope to confirm the garden name very shortly.

RHS Tatton Garden Design