Lancashire’s textile industry showcased at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

1 July 2015

Visitors to this year's RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park will be able to enjoy a garden designed to showcase the materials that Lancashire's textile industry used to produce cloth.

The feature garden will be created as part of the 'Field to Fabric' Lancashire museums project in partnership with the Workers' Educational Association (WEA). Staff from both organisations will work with WEA students and volunteers to produce the garden.

The project is financed by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award of £53,600.

Jessica Forshaw, Lancashire County Council's heritage learning officer, said: "The 'Field to Fabric' garden will highlight the plants and natural resources used to make cloth.

"It will show how textiles are produced, from the plant through the carding, spinning, weaving and dyeing processes turning it into the finished fabric.

"All the plants in the garden are varieties used in traditional cloth production.

"The garden will also demonstrate the permaculture aspects of planting and how we can support learning about species that are now endangered, often because of the agricultural processes we use nowadays."

The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire will run from Wednesday 22 July 22 to Sunday 26 July. The show features the latest trends in garden design and developments in horticulture.

The garden will be transferred to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum on Sunday 2 August to be enjoyed by more people, following its display at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

The project is supported by a varied events programme including craft activities for the family and an art workshop for adults.

Although the feature garden is free to visit, admission to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is £4 for adults and £3 for concessions. Accompanied children go free.

Car parking is free and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is fully accessible for disabled visitors, including people with guide dogs.

For more information about the garden, or the events programme, telephone 01706 226459 or email [email protected]

More information about Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and other Lancashire County Council museums is available at

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is run by Lancashire County Council's museum service.


Notes for Editors: Notes to Editors: The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money raised from the National Lottery to help people across the UK to explore, enjoy and protect our heritage. This ranges from archaeology to historic parks and buildings, collections to rare wildlife. More information is available at
For further information please contact: Julie Dobson on 01772 536616
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