idverde Regional Operational Director, Martin Packman, was delighted to join Colchester Borough Council’s Cllr Tina Bourne to unveil a stunning new bedding display at Colchester’s Castle Park on Friday 23rd June.
More than 9,000 plants have been used to create the three-dimensional display, to mark the 125th Anniversary of Castle Park.
The display, which was officially unveiled in front of Colchester Castle by Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, and Martin Packman, idverde Regional Operational Director, commemorates all those who have worked to maintain Castle Park since it opened in 1892, including gardeners, volunteers and park rangers.
The display was designed by Colchester Borough Council and idverde, which also helped build it and provided free compost.
Sculptor Jo Hammond created the Willow Figures display, taking inspiration from old photographs of Victorian Castle Park gardeners and Marmalade Emma and Teddy Grimes, local characters from Colchester’s Edwardian past. The centrepiece of the display is a vintage Parks Department van created using plants on a metal frame supplied by Ipswich-based blacksmiths E M Jacobs & Sons.
The 3-D display complements another floral tribute unveiled on the flowerbed of Hollytrees Lawn, on June 10, featuring the Colchester Coat of Arms and the words ‘Castle Park 125’.
Further anniversary celebrations planned for the summer include an extended programme of the popular Sunday bandstand concerts, comprising a day-long event on 20th August featuring three bands, a photographic display and cream tea tent.
A Passport Education programme offering a series of free events, including Tree Walks, Bat Walks and History Walks, will also run throughout the summer and is already proving to be popular with visitors. And in October, the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Gerrard Oxford, will lead the planting of a ceremonial tree in the Park.
Martin Packman, idverde Regional Operational Director, said: “We are delighted to continue to work together with Colchester Borough Council to create eye-catching features like this for all to come and enjoy. Our staff in the park look forward to working on the designs each year, led by our contract manager, Andrew Fulcher.”
Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, added: “We really wanted to create a spectacular floral display that would do honour to the work and commitment of those who have made, and who continue to make, our park one of the loveliest and most vibrant community green spaces in the country.
“My thanks go out to everyone who has contributed to such a vivid and memorable display and who help maintain our park to a very high standard, for the enjoyment and benefit of us all.”
[Photos used courtesy of Colchester Borough Council]