Union Jack flower displays help mark WW1 centenary
Two stunning Union Jacks made up of hundreds of red, white and blue flowers have been unveiled as part of Carterton’s summer floral display marking the centenary year of World War One.
The Union Jacks have been created on a roundabout in Monahan Way and reflect the town’s close links with nearby RAF Brize Norton.
The designs have been created by West Oxfordshire District Council’s grounds maintenance team, who have been contracted for the first time by Carterton Town Council to manage the town’s displays.
Mayor of Carterton Lynn Little said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the floral displays and in particular the Union Jacks. The town has a close relationship with the RAF base and we felt that the Union Jack, as our national flag, was symbolic, particularly as 2014 is the centenary of WW1.
“It’s lovely to have a splash of colour throughout the town and the flowers will look stunning when they come fully into bloom within the next few weeks.”
More than 2,200 plants have been used and the floral displays also include hanging baskets and raised planters in the town centre.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Our grounds maintenance team work extremely hard all year round to help keep West Oxfordshire at its best and we’re delighted to have been contracted to do this work on behalf of Carterton Town Council. It is the team’s largest contract to date and they have done a sterling job. It’s given them a good opportunity to gain experience, particularly for the team’s two apprentices.”
The Council would like to thank two local businesses for assisting with the work. Four tonnes of garden compost was supplied free of charge by Agrivert. The compost was produced from the green waste collected through West Oxfordshire District Council’s household waste collection service. AK Timms of Brize Norton helped to transport the eight tonnes of top soil needed to go into the planters.