Published on 11th April 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee logo in red, white, blue and yellow - child's drawing of the Union Jack flag and a crown

Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham in Bloom and Girl Guides from 16th Guides of Arle division are working in partnership to create a Union Jack floral bed in the Oxford & Priory Gardens.

On Thursday 12 April, the girl guides aged between 10 and 14 will be visiting the council’s nursery to assist and observe the first part of the process. They will take part in planting the plug plants which are Begonia Semperflorens (red and white) and Crystal Palace Lobelia (blue) to create the design of the bed.

Later on in May, the girls will plant the flowers in the gardens and by June when the girls return to view the flower bed, it will have flourished into a wonderful display. Their hard work will go towards a special Diamond Jubilee badge involving voluntary work.

Jo Brown, Guide Leader said: “We wanted the girls to take part in some form of volunteering which is difficult at such a young age. They also love doing creative things so this was a fantastic opportunity for them to be involved in a lovely project.”

Dave Banyard from Cheltenham in Bloom came up with the idea to produce a union flag. He said: “It’s great that these young people have been involved in a garden project when they might not have one of their own.”

Mark Wiltshire, Cheltenham Borough Council, landscape management officer said: “We wanted to support local organisations in their Diamond Jubilee celebrations and offering the plants for this project in our parks seemed fitting.”

Mrs. Chris Ryder, chairman of Cheltenham in Bloom, said: “As a voluntary organisation ourselves, we are pleased to be involved with the Guides from Arle to contribute towards the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations within the town, it’s great to be working together to achieve a colourful display for residents and visitors to the town this summer”.