- Durham OnAir
Children’s flower display is jewel in Durham’s crown
Durham primary school pupils have planted a jubilee-themed flower display to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
The display, on Durham City’s Gilesgate Roundabout, has been created by Durham County Council’s Clean and Green and Civic Pride Teams, with help from children from Gilesgate Primary School.
Every summer, the council plants a decorative flower display on the A690 roundabout with a different theme and this year’s display celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The design uses burgundy-bronze alternantheras and silver-grey antennaria apricas to
form a crown, alongside a jubilee message, and will remain in place for visitors to enjoy
over the summer period, until late September.
Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, Dela Smith DBE and Chairman of Durham County Council, Cllr
Beaty Bainbridge helped unveil the display. They were joined by council Cabinet member
for neighbourhoods, environment and climate, Cllr Mark Wilkes; the council’s corporate
director of neighbourhoods and climate change, Alan Patrickson; and Gilesgate Primary
School pupils at the planting ceremony, along with members of the Durham In Bloom
Cllr Wilkes said: “We would like to thank the green-fingered pupils from Gilesgate Primary
School for helping to plant the carpet bed design. This is the twelfth year they have
assisted us and it’s lovely to be able to share this with them again.
“Gilesgate roundabout is one of the main gateways into Durham and this display provides
a colourful welcome to people visiting the city. I hope this year’s design will be enjoyed by
everyone who lives, works and visits Durham.
“We are proud to be promoting the Platinum Jubilee celebrating 70 years of the Queen’s
tireless work for our country.”