WITH only £200 to spend, the Cheshire Gardens Trust had a challenge on its hands when designing this year’s garden.

One of the eight feature gardens in the Cheshire Gardens of Distinction group exhibit, the trust’s budget display was in the company of taster gardens from top regional attractions including Arley Hall, Fryer’s, and Bluebell Cottage.

The team were 'bowled over’ when the whole exhibit won ‘Best Show Feature’ from RHS judges.

Cheshire Gardens Trust volunteer and Pickmere resident, Christine Wilcox-Baker, designed the garden.

She said: “It’s great simply to be showing at RHS Tatton in the company of some of the finest gardens in Britain but to share a top prize is amazing.

“The Cheshire Gardens Trust is a voluntary group of garden enthusiasts and so building a show feature garden has been a real challenge. “

Set in a four metre square picnic basket, the garden featured representations of the trust’s main activities.

It was built by trust and Reaseheath College RHS student volunteers, with gifts and loans of materials and services from Fryer’s Garden Centre, Chelford Farm Supplies, Ashley Reclamation, and The Plantation Garden Co.

Retired horticultural expert Ruth Brown, who helped build the garden, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all the companies which so generously helped us. Also, the students from Reaseheath, who brought both brains and brawn, were a terrific help.”