Autumn may be the time for wildlife to slow down and begin preparations for winter, but the gardens at Tatton Park are still flourishing with Cheshire’s wonderful wildlife.
This autumn, the gardens at Tatton have transformed into an outdoor gallery for a series of 12 artworks created by local artist Nicky Thompson.
The works are being presented by The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership in collaboration with Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
A ‘picture-perfect’ gallery
Nicky Thompson’s poster-inspired artwork depicts animals in his characteristic style, all of which are native species to Cheshire.
He explains: “Although this series is essentially ‘platform art’ and will be displayed across the Mid Cheshire Line, I am really excited to see them launch in the stunning gardens at Tatton Park.
“I really can’t think of a more picture-perfect ‘gallery’.”
Rare wildlife at Tatton Park
Acres of gardens and parkland at Tatton provide a perfect sanctuary for many wildlife, some of which visitors can learn about on the trail – and, if they’re lucky enough, see in the park itself.
Rangers have recently spotted a rare black-necked grebe on Tatton’s mere, probably visiting from a nearby breeding site.
Wonderful Wildlife for everyone
As well as Tatton’s iconic red deer, adults and children of all ages will love exploring the gardens on the look-out for brown hares, great crested grebes, kingfishers and mute swans – to name a few.
Visitors can learn more about the wonderful wildlife and their habitats by picking up a free booklet when they visit Tatton Park’s garden this autumn.
Budding little artists will hopefully be inspired to enter Tatton’s competition to draw or paint their favourite wild animal.
A winner will be chosen in a ‘10 and under’ category and an ‘11-16’ category, each winning a fabulous art set.
Which is your favourite?
For those looking to brighten up their homes with Nick’s Wonderful Wildlife creations, all 12 are available to buy as A2 posters (£10 each) from Tatton Park’s stableyard gift shop for a limited time.
You’ll also find packs of A5 postcards with the complete set of illustrations (also £10).
Find out more…
Gallery in the Gardens (3rd October – 15th November)
Visits to the gardens can be booked online (including National Trust members) at www.tattonpark.org.uk
Read more about the artist, Nicky Thompson
Read more about Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Marvellous Days Out with the Mid Cheshire Line