21/10/15 Keeping watch over a Willow

Prompted by the advent of autumn and the glorious russet colours that accompany it at Tatton the Ranger team have come up with a way to share this most beautiful of seasons and the changes thereafter throughout the whole year. 

This veteran Willow with its Birch and Alder neighbours have been nominated to be the subject of #tattontreeaday, potentially turning it into a bit of a celebrity in the world of dendrology. Each day a photograph of the Willow tree will be shared on twitter using  #tattontreeaday for all to see. In taking a daily image around midday in exactly the same spot, the intention is to capture a year in the tree’s life from its autumnal glow, to its shedding of leaves, to its snow bent branches to its budding new life. What chooses to inhabit it? How does its environment change, and how do our visitors relate to it?

Tatton has thousands of mature trees in the parkland consisting of predominantly broadleaved native species with occasional exotics scattered throughout. This particular tree has been selected for its character, location and impressive backdrop.

For those wishing to view the tree they can see it at www.tattonpark.org.uk/tattontreeaday. In addition they can pay the tree a visit at Tatton where it can be found on the east side of Knutsford drive, approximately half way along the length of Tatton mere.

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.
This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme. 

The Tatton Park Vision
The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision