Trentham Gardens wins BBC Countryfile’s Garden of the Year award

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Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire has scooped the BBC Countryfile’s Garden of the Year award for 2014/15.

The popular attraction beat off the likes of Kew Gardens to scoop the prize.

There were five gardens shortlisted. Members of the public were then asked to vote, and Trentham came out on top.

And it crowns an amazing journey from when the estate was owned by a coal firm.

Mike Herbert, director of the Trentham Estate, said: “For people who didn’t know Trentham before, it’s almost impossible to believe, but when we bought it nearly 20 years ago, the whole estate was derelict.

“Large areas had been severely vandalised and to see it today and to see what we have achieved is just remarkable, and this award is a real bonus to us.”

Since then, the estate has gone from strength to strength, winning prizes in the European gardening awards 2010 in the Restoration, Enhancement or Development of a Historic Park or Garden category.

“It’s taken a while to get the recognition but it is one of a number of awards, we’ve had other visitor awards but to be best garden of the year, that’s fantastic,” Mr Herbert added.

The gardens had a record year in 2014 with more than half a million people visiting.

It comes as no surprise though, with different visitors to the park highlighting how picturesque the estate really is.

Andrew Barker, an annual pass holder, said: “I think it’s fantastic the amount of work the staff put in to the gardens.

“You can see every time you come.”

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(Additional reporting by Ciara Lawn)

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