Returning troops greeted with special landscape display

Members of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers were welcomed with a special landscape display showing their official emblem - a dragon - upon returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The special display, which features a dragon fabricated from steel and filled with red and blue coloured glass, is on display at the Dale Barracks in Chester.

It was created as part of a project by estates management company CarillionEnterprise and grounds maintenance supplier Sodexo.

Sodexo contract manager Phil Inman said:  "In order to make the emblem stand out we sourced the red and blue glass to fill the steel fabrication before clearing the shrub bed and placing a special weed suppressant membrane over it.

"We chose Hebes for the border and provided bark mulch to cover the inside and make the bright colours stand out."

Barracks Cpl Simon Allan said of the display:  "The troops have had a very difficult tour of Afghanistan and we wanted to welcome them back and into a new home with their official emblem in pride of place."

"The end result is fantastic and has really mad a difference to the look and feel of the entire area.

"Our next project will be to create a special memorial garden for all the brave soldiers we tragically lost in Afghanistan recently."

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