A flow­er­ing of cre­ativ­ity…

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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

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