FLOWER beds to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta have been unveiled in Henley
FLOWER beds to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta have been unveiled in Henley.
Two beds made up of more than 2,500 magnolias in yellow, red and orange were officially unveiled in Mill Meadows along with a plaque to explain their significance.
Each bed is marked with a date, 1215 and 2015 respectively.
One has a coronet to signify King John, who agreed the charter at Runnymede, near Windsor, on June 15, 1215 and the other a crown to mark the current monarch. Elizabeth Hodgkin, who organises the Gardening Buddies group which planted the beds, said: ?The beds are going to be educational because people have been coming up and asking what the Magna Carta is.
?I?m glad we got the plaque to explain it ? this document was the foundation of modern democracy after all.
?A Canadian man told me he was here for the regatta but he really loved the flower beds.? Mrs Hodgkin thanked the town council parks staff for watering the beds regularly.
The beds were designed by Martyn Sheldrake, of Toad Hall garden centre, which provided the plants. He was presented with a bottle of wine by Mrs Hodgkin as a thank-you.
Mayor Lorraine Hillier, who attended the unveiling, thanked the Gardening Buddies and Mr Sheldrake.
?The planting would have been really hard work, especially when it has been so warm,? she said.