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Floral display to replicate the Coffee Pot Train is due to be installed in Vicarage Lane car park, in Ashford town

A floral display designed to celebrate Ashford’s rich railway heritage will be placed in the town centre.

The flower arrangement, commissioned by Ashford Borough Council, has been created to replicate the Coffee Pot Train, the first locomotive to be built at Ashford’s Old Railway Works, based in Newtown.

It will be installed within the raised brick planter at the entrance of Vicarage Lane car park at the end of this week.

the Coffee Pot Train floral installation

The Coffee Pot Train floral installation will be moved to the car park later this week

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 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.

A drawing of the Coffee Pot Train that was built in Ashford in 1850

A drawing of the Coffee Pot Train that was built in Ashford in 1850

The new floral display was funded from New Homes bonus money and is part of a series of improvements for floral bedding around the town.

Last month, 40 flower planters were dotted around the town centre and include flora such as Calibrachoa and Bacopa in a range of bright colours.

In addition, the council has worked in partnership with Hadlow College to produce a second art installation, which is scheduled to join the Coffee Pot Train structure in the car park later this week.

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