RHS Tatton Flower Show


As this is the 50 thAnniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle” , the RHS has used this as the overall theme for the School Garden Competition.

The Secondary Schools have all been given species of Butterflies and their respective caterpillars and the Primary Schools have been given different bugs.

Our Focus is the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

We wanted to create a garden that would be:-

  • A representation of the Life and World of the small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
  • As we are keen in school on saving our planet, we also felt sustainability and using recycling materials was a necessity.
  • To use plants which are good for pollination and encourage wild life; thus increasing the garden’s biodiversity.

The Backdrop has been designed as a meadow in Summer with a large Small Tortoiseshell butterfly flying in it as though it is looking into its world.

The four wings/windows are an insight into the life cycle of the butterfly.. The four stages of its life from hibernating, the eggs being laid, the caterpillar, the larvae and the butterfly.

Its central body is a door way with a caterpillar emerging into the garden.

The Garden continues the idea of the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly as it is set out in the shape of a butterfly. Each of the wings is one of the four seasons of its life cycle and is planted accordingly with flowers which are rich in nectar and pollen.

In the winter season, we have created a wood pile a natural habitat for a hibernating Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. This has been constructed from drift wood, a second hand pallet and wood. It will contain logs. Also within this space we have tried to mimic the idea of a decaying forest floor.

In the summer season, we are using small branches which have been pruned from trees for sweet pea supports and for our Honeysuckle in Spring.

Between Spring and Summer there is an arch made from recycled wood from which will be hung ceramic butterflies and ceramic roses made by the students in their Art Classes. In Autumn there is a pond

Through the garden from the backdrop the caterpillar meanders. This is made out of papier mache and recycled bicycle tyres. Its Body emerges in Spring with its ceramic head in a bed of Nettles. All of our plants are from the RHS  Plants for Pollinators. Just to name a few…

In winter we have Ivy, Holly , Sage grass, Red and Green barked Dogwood

In Spring… Nettles, Wallfowers, Cowslips, Honeysuckle,

Foxgloves, California Poppies, Heathers, Field Scabious, Lavender

In Summer…. Buddlias, Vebena, Cosmos, Sweet Peas, Marigolds, Cornflowers, Sun Flowers, Nasturtiums, Tobacco Plants

In Autumn… Michaelmas Daisies, Sedum, Chrysanthemums Dahlias

Our Carbon footprints:-

  • Using plants which encourage butterflies and other wild life
  • Using a pallet and recycled wood for our wood pile
  •  Using leaves,cones and branches for winter
  •  Newspaper
  •  Seedlings and some plants from the School grounds
  •  Recycled bicycle tyres for the caterpillar
  • Pebbles for our Game.
  • Slates around the pond

We would like to thank..Councillor Beth Harvey ..The Leadership Fund   - Sponsoring the Garden

The Arts Council.. Their grant which enables Miss J Ashton to work in Art Classes .. Making ceramic roses and Butterflies

Redmoors.. for donating the wood for our Backdrop