Blooming great!
Thursday 24th July 2014 @ 15:14 by Max Wieland
Hyde News Stalybridge

Two Tameside schools are set to wow more than 80,000 people over the next four days as they display gardens at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Tatton Park.

GARDENING FUN: Year Three pupils Toby Webb and Hanna Elgar - both gardening club veterans from Millbrook Primary School.

GARDENING FUN: Year Three pupils Toby Webb and Hanna Elgar – both gardening club veterans from Millbrook Primary School.

Dowson Primary School, of Hyde, and Millbrook Primary School, of Stalybridge, are both hoping to be highly commended with their creations following previous successful stints at the Cheshire show.

The two schools feature alongside 20 others from the North West as part of the ‘Fairy Tales and Myths Come to Life’ section at this year’s show, with Dowson taking inspiration from the whimsical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The doors to the biggest garden party in the North open today (Thursday) and will see the Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Dawson Lane attend as the official guest of Millbrook Primary School, who are presenting their second garden at Tatton Park.

Their garden (pictured) is inspired by the children’s novel ‘Stig of the Dump’ and has been created by pupils from nursery right through to year six.

The teacher who led the project, Paula Moses explained: “Creating this garden has inspired the whole school. Every child has either grown, made or written something for the garden about the wonderful caveman Stig.

“We chose this book because it really chimes with our whole school ethos of being eco as well as our love of gardening and being close to nature. Everyone involved is delighted with the end result so we all have our fingers crossed that the judges will give our garden some high praise.”

– A full write-up and picture special will feature in next week’s edition.