Floral figures are back – in time for judging day

July 10, 2015

SOME familiar floral ‘faces’ are back in pride of place – just in time for Tamworth in Bloom judging day!

The First World War soldier on the Moor Street traffic island and the Saxon warrior, running man and four swans – all in the Castle Grounds – have become firm favourites with residents and visitors alike and have appeared in hundreds of photographs.

They have also been singled out for praise by the Heart of England in Bloom judges and have helped the borough to win gold for the past six years.

The larger-than-lifesize figures are constructed using a metal frame, which is then stuffed full of hundreds of succulent sempervivum, sedam, and alternanthera plants.

The figures were removed at the end of April and taken to R C Smith Nursery in Mancetter for replanting and growing, to make sure that they look their best.

Now the figures are back – in time for this Tuesday’s visit by two judges from Heart of England in Bloom.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Environment & Waste Management, said: “These figures are all hugely popular with residents and visitors alike and we want to make sure that they are looking their best.

“Replanting and growing on takes a bit of time, which is why they have been away since the end of April. We are delighted to see them back where they belong.”