TATTON PARK - (28/05/05)

This latest update to the website features photos taken in the gardens at Tatton Park located just to the north of Knutsford in Cheshire. Some of the photos were taken in June 04 with the others taken on Saturday 28th May 05.

The 50 acres of gardens at Tatton feature exotic and unusual plants from around the world and offer a varied mix of styles thanks to 200 years of design and history. The 2000 acre estate is maintained, managed and financed by Cheshire County Council on lease from the National Trust to whom the Mansion and Gardens were bequeathed by the last Lord Egerton in 1958, 'for the benefit of the Nation'.
The walled rose garden and the spectacular Japanese Gardens are shown above. The Japanese Gardens featuring a Shinto Temple were restored in 2001 to original designs from 1910-13.

Tatton is the venue for many different events throughout the year including the RHS Flower Show, the Hallé Fireworks & Light Spectacular, Will Young in Concert and on the 7th August 05 the Fun Dog Show, with ten novelty classes including saddest eyes, waggiest tail & scruffiest dog, plus a fun agility course. Dogs are not permitted in the Gardens but there are plenty of great walks in the Estate.

Tatton Park was in the possession of the Egerton family from the 16th century, the current Mansion dates from the late 18th century, built in a neo-classical style by Wyatt to replace an original brick building. The Estate was used for parachute training during the second world war; a plaque in remembrance reads:

Throughout most of the Second World War, Tatton Park was the dropping zone for No. 1 Parachute Training School, Ringway. This stone is set in honour of those thousands from many lands who descended here in the course of training given or received for parachute service with the Allied Forces in every theatre of war.
Rhododendrons and Azaleas add a blast of colour throughout the gardens. As well as the Mansion the deer parkland contains a working 1930’s farm, the Tudor Old Hall and Stableyard, home to the Stables Restaurant, Gift Shop and the Housekeeper’s Store, Tatton’s own speciality food shop.


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