A flowering of creativity…
Passers-by may have been a little startled to see ‘narrowboat’ Rose Willow on a length of the Lichfield Canal which hasn’t seen water for many years, let alone boats. But this splendid floral display, along with another in the form of a recreation of the nearby Gallows Wharf, were the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s entries in the Lichfield in Bloom competition.
The Gallows Wharf display commemorates the arrival of an unusual cargo in 1803: stained glass for the cathedral from a former abbey in Belgium. It’s also the site of the city’s last public executions in 1810, when three men paid the price for passing forged banknotes.
LHCRT aims to restore the canal, formerly part of the Wyrley & Essington, to navigation: see our restoration feature on page 60.
Rose Willow on the infilled route of the canal
Gallows Wharf re-created with flowers