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Art Deco Garden official opening

The finishing touches to the Art Deco Garden are almost complete, with a new sculpture unveiled on Friday as part of the official opening ceremony in Central Park.

Opened by main sponsor Richard Tory, chairman of Boston Big Local, and Alison Fairman and Councillor Claire Rylott, chairman and vice-chairman of Boston in Bloom, the garden marks the culmination of a number of enhancements to the Tawney Street entrance. These include the refurbished community growing area and the planting of a Birch Avenue.  

The sculpture, titled 'Dancing Seagulls', has been created by award-winning garden designer Jeni Cairns to complement  the  four art deco style arches which she sculpted and installed earlier in the summer. Jeni said: "The inspiration was an art deco theme but adapted in a modern way. I got the inspiration from Edgar Brant, I love his work. I wanted to put a modern twist on it so by using corten steel it meant that it could go rusty and protect the metal. The planting is a mixture of traditional and modern, things like grasses which should give an all season effect. The sculpture was focused on natural elements and inspiration, things like birds and when I come to Boston I always hear seagulls."

The garden project, which has attracted many positive comments, was only made possible by the generosity of Boston Big Local who contributed £10,000 to the total cost of £15,000.

With the help of Boston in Bloom and Community Payback, Boston Borough Council co-ordinated the project and contributed £1,500 towards landscaping.

Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts organisation, paid for the design of the garden, which has been developed to mark the forthcoming centenary of the purchase of Central Park.

To complete the garden, The Coaching Inn Group offered £2,000 sponsorship which has been used to pay for the new sculpture. Four multi- stemmed Betula Jacquemontii are to be planted later this month courtesy of Dudley Bryant and Ralph Ottey.

Main sponsor Richard Tory of Boston Big Local said: "It is beautiful, and we wanted to help create a lasting legacy for the people of Boston."

Councillor Claire Rylott said "Central Park is a fantastic asset for the community, a green oasis in the centre of town. It's great to see many families enjoying the open space. It is great to see the Tawney Street entrance transformed, through the development of the Art Deco Style garden and planting of the new Birch Avenue. Thank you to all who have supported this and made it happen."

Alison Fairman, chairman of Boston in Bloom praised the contributions made by everyone involved in the project, including Community Payback who cleared the site and volunteers who carried out the planting.

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