National bedding contest at Tatton Park looks to its future

Tatton Park Flower Show's annual national bedding plant competition looks to have run in its current form for the last time.

The RHS has run the flagship event at Tatton since 1999 but because of a lack of sponsorship and council cuts, exhibits have fallen from a peak of 24 to just seven this year.

Meanwhile, RHS shows have bounced back after a weather-hit 2012. Tatton beat its 69,000 attendance by "a few thousand" despite cutting a day. Hampton Court was up 30,000 to 155,000, while BBC Gardeners World Live was up 11 per cent to 103,000.

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