Scents of town pride with flo­ral dis­plays

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Bloom­ing mar­vel­lous – that’s got to be the re­ac­tion to the amaz­ing flo­ral dis­plays around the town this spring.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil should be con­grat­u­lated on the shows in places like the Me­mo­rial Gardens and venues like the tubs out­side the KE of­fices on the ring road.

The colour­ful dis­play in the gardens is cap­tured splen­didly in this pho­to­graph taken by Adam Ayl­ward, which shows St Mary’s parish church in the town cen­tre peek­ing out be­hind the flow­ers.

A mem­ber of the Nuts and Bolts team who walked through the gardens the other day said: “As well as look­ing great the dis­plays also smell great.

“There are hy­acinths in the dis­plays which give off a re­ally pleas­ant aroma.

“The gardens are a real oa­sis so close to the town cen­tre and at this time of year a great place to sit en­joy­ing a sand­wich at lunchtime.”

For more pic­tures on the town cen­tre flo­ral de­lights this spring see page 29. And talk­ing of things flo­ral, reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Ted Prangnell of Ken­ning­ton has con­tacted us with a query he’d like an­swered.

Ted asked: “Among the plants in my gar­den are some rhodo­den­drons.

“This year the leaves have been cov­ered with some black­ish look­ing de­posit, as the at­tached pic­ture clearly il­lus­trates. Other plants don’t seem to be af­fected.

“This coat­ing is crack­ing off in some cases (as can be seen in the pic­ture). Could this de­posit be ve­hi­cle ex­haust ma­te­rial?

“Our home is lo­cated on the A28, a very busy road. This year we have ex­pe­ri­enced a rather dry lead up to spring, with no heavy rain that might have washed it off.”

At the risk of be­com­ing a writ­ten ver­sion of Gar­den­ers’ Ques­tion Time, is there any­one out there who can ad­vise Ted as to what the prob­lem is and what ac­tion he can take to cure it? Ash­ford doesn’t have that many land­marks but it’s quite nice to have the op­por­tu­nity of see­ing fa­mil­iar sights like the Eureka Sky­way Bridge and Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion in a dif­fer­ent light.

And that’s the of­fer from artist Gre­gory Daines at Ash­ford il­lus­tra­tors Circa1990.

Circa1990 has been high­light­ing the beauty of var­i­ous Ash­ford land­marks with adapted im­ages.

So far, the sta­tion and the Sky­way foot­path over the M20 have caught their at­ten­tion as well as the John Wal­lis pub (for­merly the Man of Kent) in the High Street.

Gre­gory said: “Ash­ford has many fan­tas­tic build­ings and struc­tures, the ad­di­tion of the li­brary (Ash­ford Gate­way) and the new Ash­ford col­lege build­ing adds to the unique sky­line, giv­ing the town some­thing to shout about.”

For more in­for­ma­tion email or log on to or pop into Made in Ash­ford lo­cated in the Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre. So next week the KE re­lo­cates from its cur­rent base in North Street to new of­fices in the Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre.

From your point of view it will make very lit­tle dif­fer­ence as we’ll still be pro­duc­ing the pa­per in the same way and keep­ing you reg­u­larly up­dated on­line with what’s hap­pen­ing in and around the Ash­ford area and across Kent too.

But for us it will be a big change of work­ing in new and un­fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings and so on.

We’ve been hav­ing a clear-out in re­cent weeks and come across some re­ally in­trigu­ing things in the process. But we can’t say too much. All will be re­vealed in next week’s Nuts and Bolts!

Me­mo­rial Gardens are awash with colour at the mo­ment; can you help our reader with his leaf prob­lem?; Ash­ford artist has cre­ated some unique vi­sions of town

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