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Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

posted Jun 8, 2017, 12:27 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 12:28 PM ]
BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.

The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.

The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.

Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

“The well-dressing has already attracted a lot of attention, including from the Duke of Devonshire and President of the RHS Sir Nicholas Bacon, who have all been impressed with the attention to detail and craftsmanship. 

“Burton Closes Hall is a beautiful building with a great deal of history and is a worthy centerpiece for the design. Our elderly residents are absolutely thrilled to know their care home is featuring in such a prestigious competition.”

Burton Closes Hall was built in 1848 and has retained the majority of its original features. Architect Augustus Pugin, known for designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster, incorporated many of his gothic revival stylings into the building.

The well-dressing design is the creation of Sue Hudson who has continued the tradition of Bakewell well-dressings along with sister, Christine Barks, following its revival by their father and horticulturalist A. J. Goudie in 1967.

Marking the golden anniversary of the town’s well-dressing revival, Sue and Christine lead a team of local volunteers in their creation for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The sisters follow in their father’s footsteps, who was passionate about the tradition of well-dressing, using it to put Bakewell on the map and help bring tourists to the town.

In 1977, A. J. Goudie presented a well-dressing at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, honouring the Queen on her Silver Jubilee, and winning The Lindley Medal for Outstanding Beauty.

Two years later, he returned to the Chelsea Flower Show with the support of the then Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who offered a gold-leaf frame and use of the Chatsworth House gardens.

A. J. Goudie won The Banksian Medal and the success lead to a yearly well-dressing in Bakewell’s Bath Gardens, a tradition continued by his daughters today.

Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be purchased at rhs.org.uk/flowershows.