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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.”


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