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Garden to mark friendship between Stratfords of the world unveiled

Stratford Editorial 1st May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MAGICAL garden in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre has been unveiled.

The Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned the garden, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream to mark the international friendship between the Bard’s hometown and five other Stratfords from around the world.

Sculptor Emma Stothard – who created a sculpture for HRH Prince Charles of his dog Tigga – designed two six-foot willow sculptures of Bottom and Queen of the fairies Titania to stand among the willow tress and white foxgloves of the garden.

Chair of the Stratfords of the World UK committee, Tim Raistrick said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with the RSC and with the support of a number of private donors in the creation of this very special garden.”

Delegates from Stratfords in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA attended the unveiling as part of their week-long visit to Warwickshire, which coincided with the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death.

The World Friendship Garden was designed by the RSC’s event manager Andy Horn, who added: “We are delighted to be sowing the seeds for this world wide celebration of Stratford and we look forward to seeing them flourish.”

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