04:45AM, Wednesday 13 November 2013
An attempt to sell one of Windsor's Coronation year willow arches on eBay has ended in failure.
The six beautiful 4.5m arches - one for each decade of the Queen's reign - were created for Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society to be temporarily displayed on the Long Walk.
Five have been sold to fund a bursary to put one young local person through horticultural college every year for the next 60 years.
Society secretary Susann Laughton said putting the sixth on eBay had not worked. She said: "It was really done to get a bit of publicity."
One of the arches has been bought by the Royal Borough for permanent display behind Alexandra Gardens.
Master willow weaver Spencer Jenkins was this week putting the finishing touches to the 'Windsor' arch in its new home.
Susann said: "It had to be split into two when it was taken down. Spencer is having to weave it back together. We plan to plant 25 varieties of rose around it so that they can grow around it."
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