Lancaster City Council moves up a gear for this year's Tatton Flower Show
Kathryn Hayworth puts the final touches on for the Tatton Flower Show
Lancaster City Council’s green fingered gardeners are moving up a gear this year in their bid to bring back gold from this year’s Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show (18 - 22 July).
Instructions given by the RHS for displays being entered into the National Flower Bed competition was that it must feature an Olympic sport.
The council's entry for this year 'The Way of the Roses' will be a floral depiction of the cycle route from Morecambe to Bridlington which opened in 2010.
The display will feature two cyclists on a bike One cyclist is facing Morecambe and the other is looking towards Bridlington as they cross paths on their way through the Pennines.
The figures are made from chicken wire and planted up with alternatheras. A variety of spiky grasses planted through gravel will depict a moorland scene and two sets of white and red roses will signify the Yorkshire and Lancashire side of the display.
At either end of the display, a cluster of blue ageratum and marigolds will represent the sand and sea of the seaside towns of Morecambe and Bridlington.
Paul Cocker, Operations Manager for grounds maintenance, said: "Inspiration for this year's Olympic theme came from our district's recent history of being granted Cycling Demonstration Town Status and what has been achieved in encouraging more people to get on their bikes.
"I am looking forward once again to showing off our horticultural skills to the RHS judges. Bringing another gold medal back to the district would be amazing but a medal of any colour would be just as fantastic."
Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental Services, said: “This year's RHS Tatton Show will not only be a great opportunity for us to showcase the quality of our work but will also enable us to promote our district as being a fantastic place to visit for those who love cycling.
“I wish the team much success at this year’s flower show and look forward once again to seeing a replica of our Tatton entry on the promenade in Morecambe later this year so that it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors."
Earlier this year, the council launched a flower bed sponsorship scheme which gives local companies the opportunity to promote their business by displaying signs at one of the many flower beds on Morecambe Promenade. Anyone interested in raising the profile of their business in this way whilst helping towards the annual maintenance of the beds should contact the council's Public Realm Officer, Helen Ryan, on 01524 582822 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Published: 11/07/12