A beautiful floral display and local artwork has recently been displayed in the town centre to celebrate Ashford’s rich railway heritage.

A bespoke 3D flower arrangement has been designed to replicate the Coffee Pot Train; the first locomotive to be built at Ashford’s Old Railway Works. The display has been installed within the raised brick planter at the entrance of Vicarage Lane car park for the public to enjoy.

The Coffee Pot train was built by Locomotive Superintendent, James Cudworth, in 1850 and formed the basis for all future locomotives, some of which are still being used throughout the world today.

In addition to this, the council has worked in partnership with Hadlow College to produce an inspiring art installation which will be displayed in the Vicarage Lane car park to complement the Coffee Pot display. A total of 40 flower planters have also be dotted around the town centre and include flora such as Calibrachoa and Bacopa in a range of bright colours. Visitors will be able to see the flower display and the art installation from now until autumn.

Portfolio holder for culture, leisure and the environment, Cllr Jessamy Blanford, said,

We believe that the floral display will attract a lot of interest and encourage sponsorship for future installations, drawing upon Ashford’s rich, varied heritage, and celebrating its ongoing evolution.

The 3D floral display was funded from New Homes bonus money and is part of a series of improvements for floral bedding around the town; such work is included in the council’s Land Management Improvement Plan.

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