Blooming marvellous! Floral displays to return to York next year
Summer has gone, and you may have noticed that the beautiful floral displays across the city have gone with it.
But the good news is they’ll be coming back next year.
Inspired by the Bloom! horticultural festival – of which the York BID was a major sponsor – the displays brought a riot of colour across the city centre and beyond.
Altogether 70 displays were installed, from free-standing flower towers to planters wrapped around lampposts.
From the York Minster piazza to streets further out, including Toft Green and Walmgate, the mix of begonias, petuniass and geraniums burst into bloom between June and September.
Build on success
The BID put in place a maintenance contract to ensure they were fed and watered and looking their best during the heatwave.
“The winter lights had added extra sparkle to York during the colder months, and we wanted a way to bring extra colour and vibrance during the summer too,” said BID executive director Andrew Lowson.
“This was the perfect way to do it. Our manifesto included a commitment to enhance floral displays in the city and judging by the brilliant response on social media and via personal feedback, it has been really well received.
“We would like to build on that success and so will definitely be bringing back the blooms next summer.”
The news was welcomed by Alan Wilkinson, owner of Axis Barbers on New Street.
He said: “At Axis we were very pleased to be included in this year’s floral displays for the city provided by the York BID.
"The hanging baskets helped to brighten up the New Street and connected us and our neighbouring businesses with the festivities of Bloom.
"It is great to hear that the displays are coming back next year and we look forward to the flowers returning.”