A unique summer floral display marking the 20th anniversary of The Forever Friends Appeal has been unveiled in Bath’s Parade Gardens.

The display, which has been created by BaNES Parks team, was officially unveiled today (Friday 28 June) and is now open to the public to enjoy for the summer.PHOTO:PAUL GILLIS / paulgillisphoto.com

Long-standing supporters , staff members past and present, major donors and representatives from the council and RUH Bath gathered to see the display unveiled and to celebrate the history and achievements of The Forever Friends Appeal.

The BaNes Parks team, led by Nursery Supervisor Matt Soan have been growing the plants for the display in their nursery for the past three months. They installed the display over 14 days, using three tons of soil and over 5,000 plants.

PHOTO:PAUL GILLIS / paulgillisphoto.com

Matt said: “It’s been a privilege to prepare this display for The Forever Friends Appeal to help them mark their 20th anniversary. I hope everyone enjoys seeing it over the summer and that it motivates them to support or learn more about the charity.

“Over the coming weeks, the display will evolve, with the Pyrethrum Golden Moss that the letters are made from, growing taller and the rest of the flowers bedding in around them, enhancing the 3D effect.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the rest of the team and volunteers who have helped build the display, and of course a huge congratulations to The Forever Friends Appeal on their 20th anniversary.”

Councillor Paul Crossley, Cabinet Member for Community Services, BaNES said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with The Forever Friends Appeal on this display. 3D displays have been a feature in the Parade Gardens for many years. It’s great for us to be able to support the work of the RUH’s charity as the hospital is such an important part of our all our lives and the community in BaNES.”

James Scott, Chief Executive, RUH said:

“This floral display is a fantastic tribute to our charity. We are incredibly proud of the work by The Forever Friends Appeal and what has been achieved during the past 20 years and I hope through the major campaigns and special appeals, we can continue to make a real difference to our patients, their families and staff. I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”