Jubilee garden set to rock Sandringham Flower Show

A Jubilee show garden, formally unveiled by the Prince of Wales earlier this month, has been moved to the Sandringham estate for display during today's annual flower show.

The garden was designed and built by John Farley, of bagged aggregates specialists Aggbag, in honour of the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

The garden features many areas, hard landscaping and aggregates donated by Lafarge, alongside a large feature rock, sourced from Lafarge's Dry Rigg quarry in North Yorkshire, which will remain at the Sandringham Estate after the show ends.

Mr Farley said: 'While it would be easy to translate the usual red, white and blue into a beautiful space, I wanted to create an illusion of time by combining hard and soft landscaping in a different way.

'To do this, I have used one of the oldest rocks to be quarried in Britain – a dark grey, almost black, gritstone that comes from the heart of an outstanding area of natural beauty. The glory of this stone is the many forms into which it is processed once extracted.'

The stone is complemented in the installation by six concentric circles radiating out from the feature rock that represent the six decades of the Queen's reign, in a similar way that rings in a tree trunk will tell its age.

Michael Lambert, quarry manager at Dry Rigg, added: 'Donating our rocks to the Jubilee Garden has been a great way to share what we do with a much wider audience.'

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The garden was constructed in partnership with Bettaland of Crowland, with Shaun Dring responsible for the planting design.

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