Gavin Jones celebrates Magna Carta with statue of Queen Elizabeth

The public unveiling of a four-metre statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Runnymede could be just the start of a wider landscape scheme for Gavin Jones Ltd.

The statue of the Queen at Runnymede. Image: Gavin Jones
The statue of the Queen at Runnymede. Image: Gavin Jones

The landscape contractors, who are holders of a Royal Warrant, were part of the historic events held at Runnymede Meadows over the weekend to commemorate 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta by King John.

The sculpture, created by James Butler, was set within rectangular lawns, specimen trees, plant borders and topiaried plants. This is the first phase of a potentially larger scheme that will link the statue area with the river bank and car-park area.

Gavin Jones was initially commissioned to undertake the construction of a paved area and base for the statue by Natta Construction. Works over the past four weeks included laying a sub base of 175m2 of Scoutmoor yorkstone paving, and cladding of the piled concrete statue plinth with Moselden yorkstone cladding, which was cut to size on site. Gavin Jones also supplied and planted two 40-45cm-girth mulberry trees and new turf.

In addition, the events team at Gavin Jones dressed the area surrounding the statue and landing area, as well as the entrance to The Runnymede Hotel and Hospitality Marquee with containerised specimen plants from The Plantation Nursery at their HQ in Surrey.

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