Brilliant summer ahead – thanks to flower power

Brilliant summer ahead – thanks to flower power

York is set to be ablaze with colour this summer – thanks to the York BID.

Brilliant floral displays are appearing across the city centre as the Business Improvement District celebrates York’s first Bloom! festival in style.

Bloom! is a four-day celebration of horticulture marking the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists, the oldest such society in the world.


Enhancing the city

The idea of Make It York, Bloom! is being supported by the York BID. In its manifesto the BID committed to “add to and enhance floral displays” in York – and it is doing just that.

Around 70 displays have now been put in place across the city. These include 12 free-standing flower towers, as well as planters wrapped around lampposts and directional fingerposts. There are also 16 hanging baskets.

They are planted with a mix of flowers – trailing begonias, petunia surfinias and geraniums in pinks, purple, yellows and reds.



The floral displays can be found across the BID area, from outside York Minster to streets like Paragon Street, Toft Green and Walmgate.

York BID operations manager Elliot Sawyer said: “After the success of the Winter Lights illuminations we want to fill the city with colour during the summer months too.

“The planters have only been up a few days and already they have attracted a lot of positive comments from businesses, residents and visitors.

“With these displays, and all the amazing Bloom! festival activities, this could be York’s brightest and best summer yet!”

The city flowers are due to come into full bloom in about a month’s time. A maintenance contract is in place to ensure the plants are fed and watered and kept looking at their best until the season comes to an end in mid-September.


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