City of Trees creates installation at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park for people to contemplate and reflect Amongst the Trees

18 July 2016

City of Trees is hosting special activities and talks over the course of the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, from guerrilla gardening to natural dyeing using pre-prepared dyes made from the environment such as blackberries, nettles and bark.

Visitors will be able to relax in an installation Amongst the Trees where they will be surrounded by 40 high impact, Field Maple trees as well as one large, signature tree Golden Rain in the centre.

Golden Rain has fine leaves and flowers in July and August producing yellow flowers, which are followed in the autumn by striking lantern shaped fruit. The trees will be planted in a grid formation with tree stumps for visitors to sit and relax in.

Michael Oglesby, co-founder of City of Trees and founder of the Bruntwood group of companies, sponsors of RHS Tatton Flower Show, said: “Be sure to make time to sit and contemplate Amongst the Trees. To reconnect with nature is important and the benefits of trees are manifold. They capture carbon, provide us with great aesthetic value and enhance biodiversity. We are delighted that City of Trees is part of RHS Tatton this year.”

Heritage Trees is a four-year project that celebrates and records people’s memories and associations with trees in their environment across Greater Manchester. Its purpose is to protect our local tree heritage - the trees, woodlands, hedgerows and orchards, which are part of the fabric of our towns and cities.

Delivered by the team at City of Trees and funded by the Heritage Lottery, the project will create a unique online interactive database of people's stories, memories and photographs of their local tree heritage - as well as maps showing where to find trees of interest near you.

Beth Kelsall, Heritage Trees Technical Officer, will be giving a talk about the project at RHS Tatton. She said: “Every tree tells a story and we are collating some great memories from people as well as people’s appreciation of trees and hedgerows in their neighbourhood.

“We also want to identify which trees need our help so that we can protect them and help them to live longer. We know trees have physical impact but they also have an emotional one too as they resonate with people in so many ways." 

City of Trees is working with The Woodland Trust on their tree charter initiative and over the duration of the show, they will be giving away 2,000 trees to visitors – swapping them for a story.

Andy Long, Woodlands Officer, from City of Trees will be talking about which trees you should consider when planting in your garden. He will be offering tips on species suitable for your home environment as well as giving out a guide.

For the full City of Trees and Bruntwood acitivites schedule visit the Bruntwood website.