A new award which acknowledges the life's work of garden owners has been presented to Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley by The Professional Gardeners Guild for her life's achievements in the Cholmondeley Castle Gardens.
Lady Cholmondeley, 93, is the first recipient of this new award which was collected on her behalf by her son, Lord Cholmondeley and presented by Lord Ashbrook of Arley Hall, who is president of The Professional Gardeners Guild, alongside Sam Youd, chairman of the Cheshire Gardens of Distinction.
Members of the Cholmondeley Castle Gardens team were present at the event, which took place at the Castle. Lady Cholmondeley's work over the past 65 years has been to redevelop the Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, creating a Rose Garden, Herbaceous Borders and renovating of The Glade area.
The Glade was cleared of a jungle of laurels, rhododendron panticum, bamboos and dead trees with beds laid out in a relaxed style.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is classed as a 'Garden of Distinction' and Lady Cholmondeley has been a great champion for gardens across Cheshire and the North West.
Youd said: "We are delighted that Lady Cholmondeley has been recognised for her contribution to horticulture. Not only for her plantsperson skills, but also for her dedication and support for gardens and gardeners."
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens head gardener Barry Grain said: "No one is more deserved of such an award. A day doesn't go by that the Marchioness of Cholmondeley isn't out in the garden, whether it is to work on the garden herself or to offer guidance and inspiration.
"It is an honour to work alongside Her Ladyship each day. She has been absolutely instrumental in the Castle Gardens. From the re-modelling of the terraces around the castle to the expansion and development of the Temple Garden, one of the finest water gardens in the country."
PGG award first
PGG chairman Tony Arnold: "This is the first PGG garden owners award ever and is designed for garden owners who have made a contribution to their gardens over the years and helped create and maintain them in the right way."