Bruntwood's RHS Tatton show garden comes alive with a host of community activities


As RHS Tatton Park Flower Show returns to Cheshire this week there’s a host of exciting activities springing up at regional property company Bruntwood’s garden over the five day show.

This is the third year Bruntwood has sponsored the show, and their Urban Greening Champion and garden designer Nathan Webster has created an engaging and interactive garden, which includes exhibition and performances spaces for inspiring and informative events throughout the week.

This year, Bruntwood’s show garden draws inspiration from previous installations at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The Bruntwood Field Office in 2016 promoted the use of outdoor space both as a place for work and events, and The Bruntwood Experiment showcased Bruntwood’s support of urban greening and how it can contribute to the health and wellbeing of cities and citizens.
The 2018 Bruntwood Garden takes aspects from both of these features, creating a sustainable and usable green space that will act as a social and cultural focal point for people to sit, work and relax.

Incorporating a performance area, an exhibition space, an outdoor ‘board table’ and a display of suspended plants, visitors will be able to enjoy a multitude of events and activities within the garden throughout the show. We’ve picked out the top ten activities over the four-day show which will inspire, inform, and give visitors the opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn new skills.

Wednesday, 18th July:
9am to 11am: The Manchester artist Kim Hubball who designed Bruntwood’s bee sculpture as part of Manchester’s Bee in the City festival, will be creating a giant beautiful bee doodle at the Bruntwood Garden inspired by Manchester’s worker bee emblem. Show visitors can colour in the doodle and the finished artwork will then be displayed at Hatch located on Oxford Road where the Bee will sit as part of the trail.

12pm to 1pm: Bruntwood’s very own Lauren Edwards will be running a series of creative workshops on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – giving people the opportunity to unleash their inner artist.

Thursday, 19th July:
8.45am to 9.15am: To create thriving cities, it is vital that they are liveable and how we travel is a key part of this, On Thursday morning Bruntwood will be hosting a panel discussion exploring what people can do to travel more sustainably in city centres. The ‘Sustainable Travel’ panel will unpack the issue and explore the innovations in travel that could create new solutions.

10am to 10.30am: Established in 2002, the Hallé Youth Orchestra features outstanding young instrumentalists aged 13 to 19 years, who love orchestral music. The Orchestra will be performing live from the Bruntwood Garden to provide visitors with a relaxing and inspiring performance in beautiful surroundings.

12pm to 1pm: Sit back and enjoy a relaxing acoustic session with one of Bruntwood’s resident musicians Liam Coyne over lunchtime.

Friday, 20th July:
10.45am to 11am: Performers from Manchester International Festival will be performing BREATHE at the Bruntwood Garden over Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The dance and spoken word competition sees pairs of dancers and poets battle against each other, performing duets that showcase their complementary styles while telling a single story. Not to be missed.

11.15am to 11.45am: Yoga lovers of all abilities will have the opportunity to stretch, relax, and feel the flow during a beginner’s yoga session amidst the calming backdrop of the garden.

Saturday, 21st July:
10am to 12pm: The final day of the festival will kick off with Manchester Youth Zone’s Creative Workshops in the garden. The workshops will give young people the opportunity to unlock their creativity and recharge in a calming and creative space in the heart of the garden.

11.15am to 11.45am: The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is the largest and leading provider of music education in Europe. Bruntwood will be welcoming a host of talented students from the school who will be performing a creative showcase – guaranteed to entertain and enthral.

2pm to 3pm: A hanging plant workshop with experts from Bruntwood and Wrights will give you insider tips on how to create your very own green oasis in an urban setting. If you don’t fancy that – Bruntwood is also offering a screen printing workshop where you can pick up a new skill, and maybe even discover a new hobby.

Bruntwood has partnered with its charitable and cultural partners from across Manchester and Cheshire to create the diverse series of workshops, performances and talks which will take place in the garden. The company has collaborated closely with its community of colleagues, customers and neighbours on the events and activities taking place during the show.

Through innovative and smart development designs, Bruntwood is committed to creating thriving cities which enable urban communities to flourish. Its RHS Tatton garden demonstrates the importance of incorporating green spaces into urban areas and how this can contribute to the health and wellbeing of cities and citizens.

For more information about Bruntwood’s garden and the activities taking place, visit

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