Wyevale Nurseries supplies Gillespies and LDA Architects for Leicester Cathedral Richard III project

Wyevale Nurseries has supplied the plants for two landscaped gardens within the grounds of Leicester Cathedral where the remains of King Richard III will be buried.

The Cathedral Gardens project designed by Gillespies and LDA Architects
The Cathedral Gardens project designed by Gillespies and LDA Architects
The nursery was commissioned to provide plants worth £25,000 for the project by London landscape architects Gillespies and Tim South of LDA Architects in Exeter.
 
Amenity sales manager Andy Congera said: "The two landscaped gardens at the cathedral were to commemorate the re-interment of Richard III. The gardens are now a modern leisure park landscape for the people of Leicester. It was a major landscaping project and we were delighted to be involved.
 
"The Jubilee Square Gardens was handled by Tim South of LDA Architects and we provided plants worth £15,000 to the project. Gillespies designed the Cathedral Gardens and we supplied the remaining £10,000 to them.
 
"We were very pleased to be chosen not only, for the overall very high quality of plants required for such a prestigious landscape in full glare of the national and international media spotlight, but also for the diverse range of plants available to enable the designs to succeed."
 
The plants supplied by Wyevale Nurseries include Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Liatris and Eragrostis ‘Wind Dancer’. These were used within a framework of 300 Buxus hedging specimens.
 
Congera added: "Many themes had to be addressed including movement, portrayed in the grasses used, and, as Richard was the last King of the house of York, the use of white was important too."

King Richard III’s bones were found under a council car park in Leicester in 2012 and attracted worldwide media attention. They will be reinterred on March 26, 2015 at Leicester Cathedral.
 
A week-long series of events will see the king’s coffin travel from Bosworth, where he died, to Leicester.
 

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