A spectacular woven willow Coronation Archway was opened on Saturday 14 October to celebrate the 60 years since the Queen’s Coronation.
Gardening guru and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh led the celebrations with a rousing speech on the importance of horticulture to everyone’s lives. Before handing over to Air Marshal Ian MacFadyen, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, and Jeffrey Branch, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, to formally cut the ribbons and declare the arches open.
This huge sculpture is made up of large arches that make up a six-piece 9m (30ft) willow walkway. Each arch representing 10 years of the Queen’s reign. The display also features six crowns planted with wildflowers. The display is expected to remain in place until early October.
The idea is the brainchild of Andrew Try, chairman of the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society, who was inspired by similar celebration arches that were built on a number of occasions during the Victorian era. During his address he paid particular thanks to all those who helped make his dream a reality including the many professional weavers and volunteers.
At the end of the display, the arches and crowns are to be sold with proceeds going into a legacy fund, a bursary to sponsor young gardeners through horticultural college every year for the next 60 years.
Visit the arches at Cambridge Gate. This is at the Castle end of the Long Walk next to the entrance by the Two Brewers Pub.
Find out more behind the inspiration for the arches and the process of their build on Andrew Try’s blog.