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Specialist garden created in Telford’s award winning park to commemorate King Charles III’s coronation

A specialist garden to mark King Charles III’s coronation has been created in Telford featuring a lion sculpture, spiral hedging and plants in various colours to represent all countries of the United Kingdom.

The Mayor of Telford Councillor Raj Mehta attended the gardens and the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner performed the opening ceremony on Wednesday (May 24), who said she was very impressed with the creation.

The stunning display within the Chelsea Gardens at Telford Town Park was created by voluntary group the Friends of Telford Town Park.

Chairman Chris Pettman said: “Many of our volunteers have been working on this project for some time and we are so pleased it has all come to fruition.

“We hope visitors enjoy the display and believe it is a fitting creation to mark the momentous occasion.

“Planning for this garden began in January and a lot of hours of work has been put into it.”

The coronation garden was created after the Friends of Telford Town Park applied for a grant for £1,600 from Telford & Wrekin Council and is one of many projects and events across the borough funded to mark the #coronationT&W this month.

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner said at the opening ceremony:

“To me, this is just yet another extension of the beautiful gardens we have here and each time I visit it’s just a little bit more for people to come and enjoy.

“It really is an exceptional, beautiful, peaceful place.”

The Friends assist with the upkeep of the award winning park with a team of volunteers looking after the Chelsea and Maxell Gardens and beyond.

(L to R; Chris Pettman, the Chairman of the FOTTP, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner and Mayor Councillor Raj Mehta)

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