THE great and good of Cheshire braved typical wintery conditions to plant trees in memory of a man who who was chairman of the county show for 30 years.

John Platt, died in February last year at the age of 82 – a week after stepping down as president of the ever-popular show which is staged at Tabley showgrounds every June.

He spent 30 years as chairman of the show before stepping down in 2008.

The society wanted to honour his work and on Friday, January 24, members – including Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester, and Lord Ashbrook – gathered at the showgrounds to plant three trees in John’s memory.

Tony Garnett, chairman of the Cheshire County Show, whose idea it was, told the Guardian: “He had a particular interest in the show and he liked the environment and trees, so it seemed poignant to do that.

“We had no idea how many people would come but an invite was sent to all the members.

“We were very pleased with the turn out and the trees are in a significant spot.”