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Topiary ships float on a sea of lavender in Dover's Market Square

Topiary ships in Dover's Market Square.
Topiary ships in Dover's Market Square.

Dover’s town centre has an impressive and colourful new feature.

A galleon and a yacht, made from topiary, have been planted in the flower beds in the Market Square, with both ships sailing on a sea of lavender.

Topiary ship in Dover's Market Square.
Topiary ship in Dover's Market Square.

It’s the the latest achievement by the volunteers behind the Brighter Dover project who have made sure that there are plenty of floral and plant displays throughout the town centre this summer, despite the cut backs in council funding.

The project has been led by Sylvie Parsons, with support from the district and town council, who enlisted the help of a large number of people to plant and maintain the displays.

They also raised the funds to buy the topiary, lavender and box hedge for the Market Square.

But it was no mean feat. The new displays consist of 240 lavender plants and 252 box hedge plants, which all had to be put in place by hand.

A celebration will be held next month to mark the completion of the project.

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