Why Harrogate town centre may get a new garden as part of BID's help for businesses

Harrogate town centre's battle to keep customers in this Covid-hit year has received a boost from Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) - including plans to create a new garden.

Monday, 5th October 2020, 9:52 am
Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 9:56 am

From this week, large planters – similar to those that grace the entrances to major hotels – will be placed outside 20 shops and businesses within the BID district.

Those receiving the new planters include Primark, Boots, Barclays, Hoopers, Marks & Spencer, Next, Waterstones and LK Bennet.

Town centre floral boost - Harrogate's Primark manager Andrea Thornborrow, left, and Harrogate host, Jo Caswell with one of the large planters.

From the beginning of November, and working with Harrogate Borough Council’s parks and gardens team, the BID team will be installing more than 120 barrier baskets around the town centre, with special displays appearing in Beulah Street.

The BID team is also hoping to partner with a local charity to create and maintain a small garden within the town centre.

Harrogate BID's acting chair Sara Ferguson said: “Harrogate’s reputation for being a floral town is known far and wide.

"Over the decades it has won many national and international accolades for its stunning gardens and flower beds, and we are now going to be adding a few more jewels to the town’s ‘floral crown’.

“Harrogate Borough Council’s gardeners do a fantastic job, and we are looking forward to working alongside them. You only need to look at the displays in Montpellier Gardens to appreciate their skills.

“Harrogate BID has already seen to the deep cleaning the town centre, and together with these new floral displays, we believe it will set Harrogate well and truly apart from other Yorkshire towns, and be another reason for people to visit.”

Further information about Harrogate BID’s election process is available on its website, http://harrogatebid.co.uk

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