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Rorke’s Drift flower display helps Preston parks team win RHS Tatton show prize

Posted on - 25th July, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Parks, Preston Council
The Zulu flower bed

The Zulu flower bed won Gold in the Best Flower Bed category

A flower bed representing the famous battle of Rorke’s Drift has won the Preston parks team a prize at the RHS Tatton Park show.

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Preston City Council’s parks team created the bed marking the 1879 battle when the British defended against an overwhelming Zulu force.

Their inspiration for the design was drawn from the story of the Reverend George Smith, an army chaplain, who spent the latter part of his career at Fulwood Barracks.

The Royal Horitcultural Society funded the display with a £2,000 grant.

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Margaret McManus alongside Avenham & Miller Parks manager Don Ingham and the Council's Parks nursery team members Tony Lewis, Brian McNeill and Alan Rampling

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Margaret McManus alongside Avenham & Miller Parks manager Don Ingham and the Council’s Parks nursery team members Tony Lewis, Brian McNeill and Alan Rampling

Mayor of Preston councillor Margaret McManus said: “This is a wonderful achievement. Congratulations to our Parks Department.

“They work really hard to brighten up Preston and this display is a showcase of the great work that they do.

“The staff have worked in their own time at evenings and weekends to get this display ready and the gold medal is worthy recognition of all their hard work. Well done to all.”

What do you think of the display? Have you been down to Tatton Park? Let us know in the comments below

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