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Replica of 900-year-old boat takes centre stage at Chelsea Flower Show

The replica is to be the centrepiece in the 'Broadland Boat Builder's Garden'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A replica of a 900-year-old boat found in Norfolk is to be the centrepiece of one of the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

It has been made at a boat building college in Lowestoft, Suffolk, for local designer Gary Breeze who won a gold medal at last year's show.

The garden is inspired by the traditional skills and ancient landscape of the broads.

The garden is idea of local designer Gary Breeze (pictured). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Gary Breeze has just 10 days to create the 'Broadland Boat Builder's Garden'.

He has taken inspiration from the 900-year-old boat that was discovered beside the River Chet in Norfolk four years ago by Environment Agency Workers.

The replica is being put together by the International Boat Building Training College in Lowestoft. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The boat was six metres long, with wooden pegs and iron nails used in its construction.

The International Boat Building Training College in Lowestoft is hoping to show off those traditional skills, which are still taught today, by sponsoring the Chelsea garden.

The original boat was held together with wooden pegs and iron nails. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The garden will include plants which were and are native to the Broadland area: the plants that grow in the dykes that criss-cross the marshes.

The idea is for it be a little bit of Norfolk in London, and a chance to show off the beauty of the Broads.

The garden is inspired by the traditional skills and ancient landscape of the broads. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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