Manchester school students dig up history with their garden design for the Tatton Park Flower Show

A group of Manchester school students have won the chance to have their historical garden design featured in the Tatton Park flower show.

Tatton Park
Tatton Park
The year 4 pupils from Crowcroft Park Primary School were inspired by aerial images from English Heritage’s Britain From Above project. Their garden will take visitors back in time and across the world, with design features that recall Manchester’s past and plants that reflect the diverse cultures of the school. 

The children, who had been studying aerial photos of Levenshulme and its surrounding area in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s wanted to reflect the area’s history in their design. Retro features of their garden include a path inscribed with the names of Crowcroft Park pupils from the 1920s to the present day, and model houses that recall Manchester’s infamous back-to-back terraces. 

The garden design also celebrates the diverse backgrounds of Crowcroft Park’s students and staff. Pupils interviewed members of the school community of different nationalities about the kinds of plants, fruit and vegetables that they used to grow in their home countries, and included some of these in their garden.  

Head Lizzie Wray said: "We have a garden at school that the children take pride in, but this shows how exciting and creative gardening can be. The whole school has been involved and children and their parents will be visiting the Tatton Park Flower show for the first time this year." 

Sandra Brauer, of English Heritage’s Britain From Above project, said: "Britain From Above has been working with communities across England, Scotland and Wales over the past two years to make Aerofilms’ fantastic aerial photographs come alive but we never would have imagined that the collection would inspire a garden. The students and teachers of Crowcroft Park Primary School and Angie Turner designs have turned the stories hidden in the images into a wonderful garden presenting the area’s past and present for everybody to enjoy."

Britain From Above is a four year Heritage Lottery funded project that is conserving and displaying 95,000 of the earliest and more fragile aerial photographs online. The school was also supported by the RHS campaign for school gardening. 

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