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Giant dandelions sow the seeds for new adventures at Trentham

09 October 2015

Dandelion Fairies at Trentham

Standing at an impressive five metres tall with pretty seed heads over a metre wide, these stunning works of art are the brainchild of Trentham’s very own ‘Fairy Man’ Robin Wight, whose playful garden fairies gained global attention after a visitor photo posted online instantly resulted in millions of hits!

Creatby his daughter Amy, these latest sculptures will be impossible to miss situated alongside the lake and the colourful and ever changing Wildflower Meadow, inspiring a captivating focal point which is sure to become a favourite photo spot for visitors to Trentham.
Amy explains: “We began work on the dandelions about three months ago, although our inspiration came when we installed Wishes at Trentham back in 2014.
“It’s really hard to appreciate the full scale of the dandelions until you’re up close. The stems are huge poles and I was able to climb right inside the head of one when we were assembling them.
“They look spectacular with the Wildflower Meadow as a backdrop, and you can imagine how beautiful they will be when lit up at night at the firework display in November - just like an enchanted forest.”
Excitement is also building around the arrival of a new fairy to the popular magical clan.
Named ‘Spring’ the naughty nymph will appear as though she’s pole-vaulting from a delicate dandelion into the landscape beyond.
The dandelions display has been installed this week and has already received an amazing reception from visitors, with Facebook pictures reaching over one    million people in its first week!
The Trentham Fairy Trail and dandelions are open to all visitors to Trentham Gardens and are included in the cost of admission to the gardens.
Annual Tickets are the best value way for locals to visit the gardens regularly and also offer discounts at participating shops and restaurants, 20% off day tickets for friends and even discounts on special events including the ever popular annual firework display on Friday November 6th.
For full details of all events, opening times, discounts, restaurant and shops visit www.trentham.co.uk
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Notes to editors:
The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.
It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was Highly Commended by VisitEngland in the Large Visitor Attraction category in their Awards for Excellence 2014.
The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate welcomed almost 480,000 paying visitors in 2014 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK.  They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015.
Owned and managed by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003.
The Estate boasts:
The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century.
The Trentham Garden Centre and Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119 bedroom Premier Inn Hotel.
Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species.
Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course.
Extensive beautiful WoodlandsThe sight of 12 giant dandelion sculptures at Trentham Gardens is guaranteed to take visitors’ breath away.

The sight of 12 giant dandelion sculptures at Trentham Gardens  is guaranteed to take visitors’ breath away.

Created by his daughter Amy, these latest sculptures are impossible to miss situated alongside the lake and the colourful and ever changing Wildflower Meadow, inspiring a captivating focal point which is sure to become a favourite photo spot for visitors to Trentham.

Amy explains: “We began work on the dandelions about three months ago, although our inspiration came when we installed Wishes at Trentham back in 2014.

“It’s really hard to appreciate the full scale of the dandelions until you’re up close. The stems are huge poles and I was able to climb right inside the head of one when we were assembling them.

“They look spectacular with the Wildflower Meadow as a backdrop, and you can imagine how beautiful they will be when lit up at night at the firework display in November - just like an enchanted forest.”

Excitement is also building around the arrival of a new fairy to the popular magical clan.

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Named ‘Spring’ the naughty nymph appears as though she’s pole-vaulting from a delicate dandelion into the landscape beyond.

The dandelions display has been installed this week and has already received an amazing reception from visitors, with Facebook pictures reaching millions of people within days of being posted!

The Trentham Fairy Trail and dandelions are open to all visitors to Trentham Gardens and are included in the cost of admission to the gardens.

Annual Tickets are the best value way for locals to visit the gardens regularly and also offer discounts at participating shops and restaurants, 20% off day tickets for friends and even discounts on special events.

Click to follow links for full details of all events, opening times, discounts, restaurants and shops and how to find us.

 

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