AN IMPORTANT Ludlow flowerbed has been restored with a re-dedication service set to take place this week.

The work on the Fairtrade flowerbed in Ludlow Castle Gardens was undertaken by Ludlow Fairtrade Group and Guerrilla Gardeners who recently received a civic award from the Town Council.

The project was been made possible through grants secured by Ludlow Fairtrade Town Group, Midcounties Co-op, Ludlow 21, and Ludlow Town Council.

The circular flowerbed was first planted in 2014 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ludlow’s Fairtrade Town accreditation, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark in the UK. It was re-designed by the late horticulturalist, Nicki-Lewis Smith, in 2015.

The refurbishment comes as the town's certification as a Fairtrade town has been renewed, reaffirming Ludlow's dedication to supporting artisans and producers in developing countries, promoting Fairtrade products and raising awareness about the importance of fair-trade practices within the community. Ludlow will now hold its Fairtrade Town status until 2026.

Councillor Glenn Ginger, Mayor of Ludlow will re-dedicate the refurbished bed on Friday September 15 at noon.