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Ways to Grow! Collaboration takes Silver Gilt at RHS Tatton

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Published by Anonymous for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Environment

From left to right customers Christine Woolridge, Edward Riley, Jane Jullien, Jannette Hayes From left to right customers Christine Woolridge, Edward Riley, Jane Jullien, Jannette Hayes

A beautifully designed garden created by a partnership between the Cheadle and Marple College Network horticulture students, tenants of Stockport Homes and volunteers - has been awarded a Silver Gilt medal at RHS Tatton 2014.

The garden, designed by tutor Anastasia Demetriou is entitled ‘Ways To Grow’, Anastasia has been a horticulture tutor at the College for 11 years but this was her first submission to the annual Royal Horticulture Society Show at Tatton Park. The exhibit also picked up the ‘Best Mini Bed’ award.

As Anastasia explained, “I am absolutely delighted that the garden has won a Silver Gilt medal at Tatton. We have all been working together and towards the show for many months. It has been hard work at times but we have all enjoyed it and had a lot of fun along the way.”

Anastasia’s design called ‘Ways to Grow’ was inspired by a collective passion for gardening between the Colleges horticulture students and Stockport Homes volunteers as she explained, “The garden depicts the learning pathways that can enrich the lives of individuals and communities and signpost new opportunities. Different pathways leading to the tree in the centre of the garden represent growth. The spiral of colour symbolises the decisions and situations that influence individuals who are embarking on new learning opportunities”, Anastasia concluded that the concept was in many ways symbolic of the journey encountered whilst creating this garden.

Hilary Fidler, Head of Adult Learning at the College, congratulated everyone involved in the project, “It is a great achievement for everyone involved in this collaborative project. We have all enjoyed being part of this and to win two awards for the garden is truly the icing on the cake! We have all learned a lot from Anastasia’s creativity and extensive knowledge of gardening and horticulture. I want to say thank you to her and the rest of the team for the commitment and passion that has made all this possible.”

This is the first time Stockport Homes in partnership with customers and the college have exhibited at the show; Jo Cole, Sustainability Manager says, “To achieve such an award is a reflection of the sheer commitment and enthusiasm that both customers and staff have put in over the last few months. As part of the Stockport Homes ‘Skills for Life’ courses customers have previously attended a twelve week horticulture course at Woodbank Park and have since put their new skills and knowledge into practice to help design, grow and nurture all the plants from seed  for the garden. At the end of the show all the plants grown were sold and a donation of £ 237.25 the proceeds are to be donated to Millie Trust, our chosen charity for this year.”

You can find out more about Gardening and Horticulture courses on offer as well as a host of other adult learning opportunities at the College by contacting the Admissions Team on 0161 484 6602 or 486 4602. Enrolment for September 2014 starts on 4 August.

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