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Date issued: 5 July 2019
This year’s 3D floral display in Castle Park, Colchester has gone on public display today and features a dragon to link with the temporary Game of Thrones sign for Essos (Essex) and the legend of the local Wormingford Dragon.
The Essos sign in Castle Park was launched in Castle Park, in May, to promote the release of the final season of Game of Thrones available for digital download. As well as the beautiful floral display and Essos sign, park visitors will also be able to learn more about the legend of the Wormingford Dragon through accompanying signage.
The display has been designed by Colchester Borough Council and idverde, who are also this year’s sponsor and have provided the compost, assisted with the build and will now also maintain the display.
The 3D flower display is located inside the Cowdray Gates of Upper Castle Park, Colchester and is available to view until early October.
Councillor Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “Dragons have previously featured in Castle Park’s magnificent floral displays and have always been very popular with the public. With the temporary Game of Thrones Essos sign already in the park this year, dragons were an obvious choice for the display and is something visitors of all ages can enjoy.”
idverde Operations Director, Martin Packman, added: “idverde is pleased to have worked jointly with Colchester Borough Council to sponsor and construct this fantastic display that we hope will once again bring many visitors to the park over the coming months. This display is something different and our team have really enjoyed working on it and bringing enjoyment to the public.”
Each year, gardeners plant 48,000 bedding plants and 23,000 bulbs in Castle Park. It takes a team of six gardeners around three weeks to plant the summer displays, beginning in early June.
Visitors to Castle Park over the summer period, will also be able to enjoy the regular free Bandstand Concerts and make use of the recently refurbished toilets and new Changing Places facility in Upper Castle Park. The public toilets in Lower Castle Park also reopened last week, following their refurbishment, which completes the Park’s toilet refurbishment programme.
Visit www.colchester.gov.uk/castlepark for further information about Castle Park.