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Lichfield Canal restoration group hoping contribution impressed Heart of England in Bloom judges

A group aiming to restore the Lichfield Canal unveiled its contribution to Blooming Lichfield when judging for Heart of England in Bloom took place last week.

Gallows Wharf

Gallows Wharf

Despite suffering weeks of blistering heat and bouts of vandalism, Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s historic Gallows Wharf site looked a picture on a glorious summer day.

Peter Buck, kitted out as a Victorian engineer, and his wife Jeanne in traditional boatwomen’s dress, with Rose Willow

Peter Buck, kitted out as a Victorian engineer, and his wife Jeanne in traditional boatwomen’s dress, with Rose Willow

The judges also cast their expert eyes over Rose Willow, a recreation of a 70ft narrowboat which has been taking shape over the summer next to Tamworth Road, thanks to the efforts of pupils from Queen’s Croft High School and the Foresters Scout Group.

Queen’s Croft children were also involved in the painting of Rose Queen, which walkers along the canal can see on the wall of the London Road bridge, while National Citizen Service students learned the art of signwriting from Phil Ball to complete the artwork.

The results of the Heart of England in Bloom competition will be announced in September and Lichfield will be hoping to repeat last year’s success when the city was awarded a gold medal.

The trust’s engineering director Peter Buck said: “Whatever the result, we’re winners anyway.

“We achieved our objective of recreating Gallows Wharf and creating a Garden of Reflection, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the generous response from the community.

“We’d like to thank our incredible volunteers, everyone who helped with this project and provided the plants.”

A volunteer wrote this. Say thanks with a coffee.

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