Pictorial Meadows to bloom for third year at Trentham

Meadow seed mix supplier Pictorial Meadows has secured a supply contract with the Trentham Estate and planting designer Nigel Dunnett for a third year.

A Trentham meadow in July. Image: The Trentham Estate
A Trentham meadow in July. Image: The Trentham Estate

The existing meadow areas will be expanded and new areas created. Dunnett has specified more than 700 square metres of grown-to-order PM Turf in the Treasure Chest mix, which Pictorial Meadows says delivers an instant, flower rich established, sustainable perennial meadow.

The turf is to be laid alongside the Capability Brown-designed lake, creating a meadow bank, and the turf will also be used on the roundabout at the main entrance to Trentham.

Pictorial Meadows has been commissioned to grow 8,000 plants for the north and south entrances, lakeside café and boathouse entrance, and will be installed as part of Dunnett’s new plantings, alongside 16,000 square metres of annual meadow sowings using PM’s Classic Mix which will flower next year.

Trentham Estate head of garden and estate Michael Walker said: "The immediate results achieved with Pictorial Meadows seeded annual meadows immediately engaged visitors as an immediate impression of Nigel Dunnett’s new plantings.  We are now preparing for our third year with the expansion of both the annual and perennial plantings which will include vast perennial plantings and the introduction of PM Turf."

Pictorial Meadows operations director Dan Cornwell said: "Trentham is such a breathtaking estate and we are really thrilled to be continuing the great work we have delivered there for the last two years, which not only includes supply of meadow seeds, but also a bespoke contracting and installation service.  In this time we have gotten to know the estates team very well and our partnership approach and combined experience has helped us to achieve the hugely successful sowing and establishment of the meadows, and which have delivered an amazing visitor response.    

"We can’t wait to build upon what we have already achieved, and are looking forward to introducing our new products and seeing them flourish, flower and bloom in 2017."

Pictorial Meadows was founded by Dunnett, who also designed its first seed mixes, and is now owned by the University of Sheffield and the environmental social enterprise, Green Estate. Dunnett resigned as a director in 2004.

He said: "The use of these Pictorial Meadows seed mixes at Trentham has exceeded all expectations. Most importantly, the wide-ranging experience of the Pictorial Meadows team in delivering fully reliable and dependable meadow landscapes has contributed immeasurably to this success.  2017 promises to be even better."

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