Duke of Gloucester opens Roman garden

gloucesterBy The National Churches Trust - Luke March, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Pippa Jacob, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Duke of Gloucester has opened a new Roman garden and mosaic at Butser Ancient Farm.

His visit coincided with the 20th anniversary of the construction of the Roman villa at the farm.

The garden’s centrepiece is a mosaic floor created by volunteers using genuine Roman tesserae.

Rachel Bingham, the creative developer, said, “It’s been amazing to work on something we hope could itself last for thousands of years, just like the ancient Roman mosaics.”

The Duke of Gloucester received a tour of the site by director Simon Jay. He said, “I’m very proud of where the farm has developed to today, and it’s fantastic to see the place continue to grow and expand as we bring the past to life.”


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