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11 November, 2019

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Tatton Park highlights future farming at RHS flower show

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Celebrating its 20th year at Tatton Park, the RHS Flower Show is one of the most anticipated horticultural events of the year – and it opens this week, from 18th to 22nd July 2018. 

For its own show feature this year, Tatton Park is giving visitors a glimpse into the possibilities of future small-scale market gardening.

Tatton’s gardeners are exploring how even a limited space can be used to generate food – both horticulturally and through the rearing of livestock.

Their upcycled shipping container will demonstrate how a ‘Farm in a Box’ is already being used to help people in developing countries to be more self sufficient.

You’ll be able to peep through the holes in the container to:

  • See how hydroponics the size of this container can produce food equivalent to half an acre of land
  • How farming looked in the past
  • How farming looks in the present
  • Experience the sounds and smells of farming

Tatton’s head gardener Simon Tetlow said: “This garden demonstrates how even a small garden environment can grow bountiful crops and sustain livestock, from chickens to sheep.

“We’re providing an insight into the possibilities of small scale market gardening which has great implications for sustainable food production worldwide.

“We hope that the garden will inspire people to think about their own garden spaces, no matter how small, and how food production is a possibility for all. ”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to find out more about Tatton Park’s new Field to Fork project (read more, here).

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