Petrus at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2021
Petrus, a homelessness charity in Rochdale, was delighted to be back at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park!
The event was a fantastic opportunity for our service users and volunteers to show what they can do and what they have achieved.
Full Circle explored ‘rain garden’, water collection and diversion techniques that can be achieved in almost any garden to reduce water runoff.
With no mains pipe on our allotment, we rely on rainwater, and it really can be a case of feast or famine with flooding in the winter and bone dry in the summer. This has highlighted not only the power of water but also how precious it is as a resource.
Ultimately, we wanted to use our garden to explore our relationship with water, looking at its historical importance in industry and how it was used to support new technological advancements that sustained our communities and almost in a role reversal using technology to support us to go back to nature for sustainable solutions.
The design collected water via a mini living roof and diverted the water through rain chains, channels and water features into a final rain garden pool using plants that could cope with the extremities of very wet or dry conditions or that were able to absorb water from regularly saturated soil.
Check out our award-winning Full Circle garden below:
For a list of the plants featured in our garden, head to the bottom of this page.
Want to find out more?
Our garden 'Full Circle' was designed by our Service Manager Rachael Bennion in partnership with Petrus service users and volunteers from our community allotment PIER.
To speak to Rachael to find out more about our Tatton successes and social prescribing work in the community, email Rachael.Bennion@petrus.org.uk
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Petrus provides residential and day support services to people who are homeless or in housing need. It offers a safe environment where people can develop their skills and independence to empower change.
PIER (Petrus Incredible Edibles Rochdale) is a community allotment in Rochdale with aims to get service users out of negative routines through improved physical health and wellbeing, developing social relationships and improving mental health.
Please check out the rest of our site to find out more about the work we do to support people experiencing homelessness.
You can help Petrus to end homelessness
Petrus is a charity and relies on your generosity to help support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
By donating to Petrus you can help us to provide innovative services like PIER, which helps services users to move on and start their journey to recovery.
Reflecting on our Tatton 2019 experience
In 2019’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, we were amazed to win both the Silver Medal and the People’s Choice Award for our Petrus' Paradise garden, which was also designed by our service users, volunteers and staff, and reflected a service user's journey through life with Petrus.
It was an incredible experience and extremely rewarding for us all to be involved.
It gave our service users and volunteers the opportunity to show the value they can bring to their community, gain a sense of belonging and to challenge stigmas and negative stereotypes associated with homelessness.
Our plant list
Here is a list of plants used in Petrus' Full Circle garden:
- Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’
- ‘Crimson Pirate’ red daylilies
- Red crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
- Verbena bonariensis
- Red & green phormium
- White foxgloves
- Echinacea purpurea
- Phormium tenax ‘Sundowner’
- Echinacea ‘Magnus’
- Daylilies ‘Frans Hals’
- Daylilies ‘Gentle Shepherd’
- Geranium ‘Rozanne’
- Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’
- Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’
- Astrantia ‘Roma’
- Phormium ‘Purpurea’
- Carex ‘Everillo’
- Imperata ‘Red Baron’
- Persicaria amp ‘Firetail’
- Lobelia cardinalis
- Sedum (roof)
- Salvia ‘Cherry Lips’