Lantra Provider Capel Manor College to Build World’s Largest Show Garden at Hatfield House
capel manor college garden presentation

Published on

December 17 2018

Image 1: Andrew Turvey, Head Gardener at Hatfield House gives a tour of the gardens at The Game Fair Gardens launch event.

Lantra accredited students at Capel Manor College are attempting to design and create the worlds biggest show garden.

London’s leading land-based college Capel Manor, has partnered with The Game Fair to design and create specialist gardens that will span over an acre at Hatfield House from 26-28 July 2019. A show garden of this scale has never been attempted before but with the College’s outstanding reputation for garden design, innovation and young talent, the garden is highly anticipated.

Established in 1959, The Game Fair is a prestigious event that celebrates British country life and boasts a comprehensive itinerary for the whole family. Lord and Lady Salisbury’s Hatfield House Estate will play host to The Game Fair from 26 – 28 July 2019; this is the second time the event has taken place at this unique venue since its inception. Just over 25 minutes from Kings Cross by train, Hatfield House has unparalleled access to London, and is located within a vast catchment area of both rural and urban communities.

Capel manor college garden plan

Image 2: The Game Fair Gardens designed by Capel Manor College’s RHS Gold medallists.

The Game Fair Gardens, designed by Capel Manor College’s RHS Gold medallists, will create an immersive and interactive experience, telling the story of the countryside, estates, country gardens, traditional practices and innovations through themed gardens. Visitors can expect kitchen gardens, traditional crafts, art, sculpture and superb design in the setting of Hatfield House which already has an international reputation among garden enthusiasts.

Lady Salisbury commented: “It is wonderful that this year The Game Fair is encouraging our apprentices and students to use their skills and knowledge to create a spectacular garden at Hatfield. As Patron of the College, specialising in land-based subjects across London, I know this RHS award-winning team will provide inspiration to gardeners and will show with a good design, what can be grown. Seeing what people can do is always a pleasure as well as providing a vital contribution to our green open spaces.”

Malcolm Goodwin, Principal at Capel Manor College added: “We are very excited to be bringing a substantial display of horticulture and environmental skills to The Game Fair at Hatfield House to showcase the many talents of our students and staff. The College provides fantastic opportunities for young people and career changers alike; this exhibit will show how people can have wonderful careers by learning how to create beautiful gardens, produce food from the land and look after the countryside, trees and wildlife to create a healthier, more attractive, productive and accessible environment for everyone”.

Lantra would like to wish Capel Manor College all the best in their attempt at this wonderful project, and await eagerly for the completed garden.

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