Floral 'coronation arch' to be launched by Alan Titchmarsh

Floral 'coronation arch' to be launched by Alan Titchmarsh

Francis Batt

Floral 'coronation arch' to be launched by Alan Titchmarsh

Wanted - 4,000 roses of every hue to help build a floral coronation arch to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.

Residents in Windsor and Maidenhead with roses in their garden are invited to bring them to the Long Walk on Friday from noon onwards.

The donations will be used by a floral artist to create rose columns which will support the Coronation Arch near Cambridge Gate - while a book of commemoration will be available to sign.

Six willow crowns each with an elm tree are already in place, thanks to local people and schoolchildren who donated their services last week.

On Saturday at 11am the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Andrew Jenner will join gardener and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh at the opening ceremony.

Cllr Jenner said: "Floral arches to celebrate royal events have a long tradition in Windsor and this is a wonderful tribute."

The arch itself is the brainchild of Andrew Try, chairman of the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society and project manager Susann Laughton.

The arch was designed by RHS gold medal winner John Warland and consists of six willow crowns, three on either side of Cambridge Gate each holding a new breed of disease resistant elm surrounded by native flowers.

As part of the project the RWRHS is planning a bursary to sponsor a local young gardener through horticultural college every year.

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