Airport unveils support for Cheshire Gardens of Distinction

Schools from Wythenshawe, Knutsford and other areas close to the Airport have been working with local artist Andy Leigh to promote Cheshire Gardens of Distinction and their work has now gone on display in Manchester Airport.

Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction project celebrates the richness and diversity of Cheshire’s horticultural heritage and green spaces. Delivered by Marketing Cheshire, the Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction project aims to achieve significant impact for the regional tourism industry from local, national and international markets.
Through funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) the project works with 31 gardens under the banner of ‘Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction’ to actively promote the group as the ‘Home of England’s Finest Gardens’.

Wendy Sinfield, Community Relations Manager for Manchester Airport, said: “The airport aims to focus our community work on those areas that are close to the Airport and suffer the greatest economic and social need. By working with the Gardens of Distinction project we have been able to take young people, many from urban schools, out in to the countryside and gardens of Cheshire. We’ve worked with community artist Andy on several occasions in our work with local schools and we knew that the work would be a welcome addition to our terminals.”

For this project, the aim was to widen participation and interest in the gardens for young people and families who may never have had the opportunity to visit them before. Schools were selected by Manchester Airport predominantly from areas close to the airport and underprivileged areas. Working with Andy, the children then produced unique examples that depict key features of the gardens showcasing the talent of the children and marketing the gardens as a tourist attraction.

The schools each worked in partnership with one of the garden sites so Adlington Hall hosted a visit from Rackhouse Primary School, Arley Hall & Gardens worked with Mobberley Church of England School, Capesthorne Hall worked with St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School, Dunham Massey paired with Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Lyme Park worked with St Anthonys RC Primary School, Quarry Bank Mill Gardens & Styal Estate hosted a visit from Styal Primary School and Tatton Park hosted a visit from St Aidans Catholic Primary School.

Caroline Hopp, Project Manager for Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction at Marketing Cheshire said: “The Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction project is delighted to be working in partnership with Manchester Airport on the schools arts project. The primary school children have produced outstanding works of art depicting 7 of our 31 Gardens of Distinction so far and look forward to seeing the further pictures to come over the seasons. We hope the pictures not only motivate the school children to come back with their families to explore the rest of Cheshire’s Garden of Distinction but inspire the millions of passengers who walk through Terminal 3 arrivals to discover why we really are the Home of England’s Finest Gardens.”

In all there will be 27 pictures produced during 2011 and the first 7 have now gone on display in the airport in the Terminal 3 Domestic Baggage reclaim area. An 8th has already been delivered from the work of Statham Primary School who visited Walton Hall and Gardens. Nine more are expected in May and June.


For more information contact the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email

Notes on Gardens:

Flagship Gardens of Distinction: Tatton Park, Lyme Park, Chester Zoological Garden, Arley Hall & Gardens, Jodrell Bank, Ness Botanic Gardens, Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Capesthorne Hall, Gawsworth Hall and Norton Priory.

Further Gardens of Distinction: Adlington Hall, Dunham Massey, Mount Pleasant, Walkden Gardens, Quarry Bank Mill Estate & Gardens, Eaton Estate, Rode Hall, Weeping Ash Garden, The Quinta Arboretum, Combermere Abbey, Walton Hall Gardens, Hare Hill, Stapeley Water Gardens, Dunge Valley Hidden gardens, Dorfold Hall, Bridgemere Garden World, Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Stonyford Cottage Nursery & Gardens, Ness Gardens, Little Moreton Hall, Abbeywood Gardens and Cloister Garth Chester Cathedral.

Developed by local tourism board, Marketing Cheshire in partnership with European Regional Development Fund, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Cheshire’s leading gardens.

Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction programme celebrates the richness and diversity of Cheshire’s horticultural heritage and green spaces. Building on the success of Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 08 marketing programme, the project aims to continue to achieve significant impact for the regional tourism industry from local, national and international markets.

ERDF in the Northwest: The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the Northwest. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the Northwest is managed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). For further information please visit

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Published on: 23/05/2011 14:02:53