A tribute has sprung up in Weymouth to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

The beautiful arrangement to celebrate the centenary can be seen in Greenhill Gardens.

Each year a large crescent-shaped carpet flower bed in the gardens is given over to a charity or organisation which is celebrating a significant anniversary.

This year the flower bed will incorporate the logo of the Royal Air Force, to mark the centenary.

In order to create the design, borough council gardeners painstakingly planted out thousands of tiny bedding plants. They also, where necessary, used coloured gravel to replicate the selected organisation’s logo. The bed is situated in the middle of the gardens. It measures 10 metres long by 5 metres at its widest. As the summer continues, the design will transform as the flowers open into full bloom.

The RAF was formed on April 1 1918, when the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War.

Eileen Galling, branch secretary of the Royal Air Force Club in Weymouth, said: “As this is the 100th year anniversary of the Royal Air Force, we at the RAF Association Club in Weymouth wondered if we would be able to place a floral display in Greenhill Gardens.

"We already had a monument in the shape of a spitfire there. We were delighted when the borough council agreed and we are very pleased with the finished result.”

Councillor Kate Wheller, Briefholder for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The gardeners have done a fantastic job in creating this impressive floral display

"It signifies a very special anniversary for the RAF. It is important that we mark the commitment and longevity of this organisation.

"I’m sure this beautiful display will attract many visitors to Greenhill Gardens to join us in this celebration.”

For information on how to get your charitable organisation considered for the floral bedding design next year, contact Tara Williams on 01305 838297.