Copper to silver as broadband team collect medal at flower show

The team responsible for replacing old copper wiring with superfast fibre optic broadband across Cheshire has landed a silver medal at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford.

The Connecting Cheshire Partnership produced a stunning interpretation of their broadband work with a colourful garden featuring pulsating LED lighting and a series of illuminated pathways to represent the 900 miles of fibre optic broadband now rolled out to homes across Cheshire East and other parts of the County.

The garden was judged to be among the best in the ‘Back to Back’ garden category at the RHS Show which runs until Sunday June 26 and is expected to attract over 80,000 visitors.

The medal-winning garden, designed by Jan Leigh, contains rectilinear planting areas cleverly crafted to represent the County’s topography of hills, lush plains, marshland and urban areas.

Clipped box hedges add structure and represent the many new roadside fibre optic cabinets that have sprung up across Cheshire wherever old copper has been replaced with fibre.

An added bonus for the design team was the interest shown by the BBC’s gardening expert Joe Swift who filmed an interview with garden designer Jan Leigh for transmission on Thursday in the broadcaster’s daily coverage of the show, viewed as the Chelsea of the North.

Andrew Arditti, digital engagement manager for Connecting Cheshire said: “We wanted to design a garden that brings together the work that we do for households and businesses in a predominantly rural landscape and using light, which is one of the key themes of this year’s RHS Show.

“We have used bog plants, moss and turf of the Cheshire plains and the judges have recognised the theme and thinking behind our design.

“To receive a silver award is just amazing and I would like to thank all those involved in helping us to achieve this.

“We expect to connect around 80,000 homes and businesses by the end of this year and this garden really does bring to life the hidden work our teams are doing over and under ground to deliver superfast broadband to our residents and businesses.”

The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park runs until Sunday with 29 themed gardens and over 300 displays and exhibitors.

As part of the project, Pikemere School in Alsager won a competition to recycle the Connecting Cheshire garden in their school grounds once the RHS Tatton show ends on Sunday.

See more of our garden here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park/exhibitors/2015/gardens/connecting-cheshire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOismcaAvFk

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