Renovated island beds in Cheddar look ‘spectacular’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 May 2018

The Soay sheep in Cheddar. Picture: Richard Miller

The Soay sheep in Cheddar. Picture: Richard Miller

Richard Miller

A ‘spectacular’ display of tulips marks the end of two years of hard work.

The island beds in the Cheddar River Yeo looked beautiful in the sunshine this week as the My Cheddar community group planted the final tulips.

The beds, in the lower part of Cheddar Gorge, have undergone a renovation and landscaping scheme.

Cheddar Parish Council chairman Peter Colton said the area had been transformed from the mess it used to be.

He said: “Over the years the beds had become completely overgrown with brambles, weeds and self-seeded trees.

“Now, through the vision and hands-on involvement of local landscape architect Paul Tullett, the area has been transformed and the garden opened up to show the riverside walk at its best.”

Adding to the attraction are six ‘larger-than-life’ willow sculptures of Soay sheep which were created by sculptress Sophie Courtier during the Cheddar Arts Fringe Festival last year, with the help of members from the community.

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