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Two notable Cheshire families fly the Northern flag at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Two of Cheshire’s oldest and most notable families are coming together with a joint Floral Exhibit in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

The Cholmondeley and Mornflake families are proud to recreate Cholmondeley Castle’s iconic ‘Temple Garden’ at Chelsea with a stunning representation that celebrates their shared passion for British land.

Award-winning head gardener Barry Grain will lead the project and is believed to be the first ‘Northern’ garden of its kind to be shown in the famous Great Pavilion at Chelsea.

He said: “Chelsea is without a doubt on the bucket list of every professional gardener in the country and possibly the world.

“Lady Cholmondeley has worked tirelessly her whole life to create the romance of The Temple Garden, as such it is a true honour to represent Cholmondeley and working alongside Mornflake and the Lea family to bring this vision of Cheshire to fruition, makes the experience even more special.”

The Cholmondeley family has resided in Cheshire since the Norman times and the Mornflake family is a 15th generation family oat miller.

Cholmondeley’s Temple Garden is a noted ‘Garden of Distinction’ and one of England’s hidden treasures and are underpinned by agriculture as Cholmondeley works with tenant farms to make the most of the breath-taking land that carves out the castle and its grounds.

Mornflake has been a fierce supporter and pioneer of British land and food for over 340 years and they grow oats with British farmers to safeguard the future of our oat crops and invented the stabilisation of oats during the Second World War, enabling them to be stored as the household staple.

John Lea, whose family has owned the Mornflake contract since 1675, is the managing director of Mornflake. He said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cholmondeley Estate on this unique floral exhibit at RHS Chelsea.

“After 15 family generations of milling oats grown from British soil, we are proud to celebrate our mutual passion for the land that surrounds and unites our two families with what is sure to be one of the finest gardens that Chelsea will ever see.”

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