A PLANTING scheme celebrating the 200th anniversary of the RNLI has been added to the floral clock at Weston-super-Mare.

The planting was carried out by North Somerset Council’s grounds maintenance contractor, Glendale, and features around 600 colourful annual flowers which should be in full bloom by the end of June.

The floral clock’s design features two circles, which will be planted with new schemes of annual flowers every year to celebrate different themes.

Lucy Shomali, North Somerset Council’s Director of Place, said: “The floral clock’s colourful ornamental shrubs and bee-friendly species are complemented wonderfully by the new planting design that commemorates 200 years of the RNLI.

“Thank you to Glendale for another fantastic planting effort. Moving forward, the floral clock will be looked after by our dedicated group of volunteers.

“We’ve already had the first sessions for volunteers, which have been resounding successes.

"If you’re interested in joining, please contact our parks ranger at parksranger@n-somerset.gov.uk.”

Chris Ware, RNLI Lifeboat operations manager, said: “It’s a real honour for the RNLI to be recognised and celebrated as part of the floral clock planting scheme.

“In 2024, we mark the bicentenary of the RNLI, commemorating the lifesavers who have been part of the RNLI over the last two centuries.

“We’re celebrating the lifesaving service we provide today, but also hoping to inspire our future crew, whether that’s lifeboat crew, lifeguards, water safety volunteers or someone inspired to fundraise to ensure we can provide the training and equipment our lifesavers need.

“It’s a beautiful design and something the town of Weston can be proud of. Thank you to everyone who has made it happen.”