Manchester City Council

Residents’ Olympic garden takes silver

A garden created by Manchester residents in honour of Olympic athletes has taken a silver medal at the RHS Tatton Flower show.

The garden features a running track made from flowers as well as a restored topiary boxer, fencer and medal winner which had previously been used during the Commonwealth Games.

RHS judges have now given the garden, which can be seen by the public until Sunday July 22, a silver award in the flower bed category.

The garden was designed and created by residents led by Mike Garnett, who now works for Manchester City Council’s grounds maintenance staff after learning his trade last year as an apprentice.

Michael, who worked on the city’s Tatton Park garden last year, was helped by other Manchester residents and also had assistance from the City Council.

The garden will be coming into the city centre from July 24, where residents will be able to see it as part of the Dig The City display.

Mike, aged 23, from Newton Heath, said: "I’m really proud of this. There was a tremendous effort from all the volunteers involved and it’s paid off. Last year it was all new but I got a lot of experience, we’ve all learnt a lot more and this year it’s shown in the results."

Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: "The fact that Michael worked on our garden last year as an apprentice, but has now come back to design and create his own garden, is testament to his skill and hard work.

"This success shows the amazing amount of enthusiasm and creativity that Manchester residents have, and reflects the effort, energy and care that has clearly gone into producing this high quality entry."

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