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Makeover to mark the royal occasion

WHILE we’ll all enjoy the jubilee celebrations next weekend, Ulverston will have a very permanent reminder of the special occasion.

HARD WORK: Ulverston’s Victoria Gardens are being renovated to be renamed the Jubilee Gardens, with council handyman Ronnie Johnston working on the finishing touches HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50033967B001

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, the Victoria Road community garden will be given a patriotic makeover.

Work started on creating the Jubilee Garden around 12 months ago, as Ulverston in Bloom volunteers, along with Ford Park Volunteers, Ulverston Victoria students, Ulverston Sustainability Action Group, local Explorer Scouts and town and district councillors, with the support of Roger Brocklebank from Continental Landscape, set about transforming the gardens into a welcoming place once more.

New bus shelters have been put in place, and hundreds of red geraniums, white begonias and blue lobelias have been planted to give the garden a patriotic flavour.

The finishing touches are being made ahead of Saturday June 2, when Mayor Brenda Marr and the Ulverston Town Band will formally open the garden.

New Ulverston town handyman Ronnie Johnston joined the project earlier this month, and has been impressed by the work that has gone into it.

“I’m led to believe it was quite run down, but as it stands, it is quite a pleasant place when the sun is shining. But by next weekend it will be 100 times better – there’s still a bit to do.

“I’ve been painting benches, lampposts and a wall with graffiti on it, and we still have rosebushes and new flower borders to plant.

“All the flowers should come up just in time and it will look great.

“I’ll be here for the grand opening next week, and we hope that everyone can come out for the event.”


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