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Imperial Gardens - a day of plants and planets

Imperial Gardens are to benefit from a variety of new plants and shrubs, at the same time as the statue to Gustav Holst is unveiled, all thanks to contributions from two former residents of the town.

Cheltenham Horticultural Society match funded the £500 they received from the council's community pride fund, with £500 left to the society by the late Miss Allison, a former member of the Cheltenham in Bloom committee, for the restoration of the embankment planting area in front of the Queens Hotel. A variety of different plants supplied by Chris Pattison, nurseryman from Pendock, Gloucestershire will enhance this area of Imperial Gardens and add to the wonderful floral displays provided annually by the councilís green environment team and Cheltenham in Bloom. Planting will commence on Friday 4 April.

Councillor Chris Ryder, chair of Cheltenham in Bloom, said: "This is an excellent example of how the council's match funding community pride scheme, established last year, has worked well and to the benefit of the community. In partnership with the council, Cheltenham in Bloom and Cheltenham Horticultural Society we have enjoyed enhancing the gardens. Once established I am sure these plants will flourish well to brighten up this corner of the park."

A further enhancement to Imperial Gardens is a full size bronze statue of Gustav Holst with an octagonal plinth depicting the planets. This has been made possible by the late Miss Elizabeth Hammond who lived and worked in Cheltenham and left in her a will a generous legacy to the Civic Society. The Gustav Holst memorial fountain is being unveiled on Friday 4 April at 12 noon in Imperial Gardens.

For further information on the unveiling of the Gustav Holst Memorial Fountain contact the Civic Society, Jenny Ogle, on 01242 231011

Posted : 03/04/2008 12:24:35

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