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Gold medal winning garden springs back up in York’s Coppergate Centre

Date: 20th May 2019

A temporary garden installation that won a Gold medal at the recent Harrogate Spring Flower Show has sprung up in the heart of York’s city centre!  ‘In Sight of the Minster’ has been recreated by staff and students from Askham Bryan College within the Coppergate Centre.

The installation is supported by BLOOM! York, which will be brightening up the city centre across the summer with pop-up gardens and displays, and complements this month’s floral-themed Brollywalk down Coppergate Walk.  The six metre square garden is inspired by architectural features of York Minster, including flying buttresses to support the trees, ‘walls’ made from yew hedging and an arched window frame planted with strong colours to represent the vibrancy of the cathedral’s stained glass windows.

“This is a beautiful garden, and it sits perfectly in the shadow of York St Mary’s in our central square, which itself features wonderful gothic arches and stained glass.  The fine weather this week has enabled many visitors to watch as it took shape, and with the garden in place until the end of June, I’m sure it will delight tourists and residents alike,” comments manager of the Coppergate Centre, Pippa Unwin.

At the end of June, the garden will then move to its permanent home following a competition in which community groups and organisations can apply for the garden to be theirs.  Fresh artificial turf will be laid in its place, as Coppergate once again prepares to host Wimbledon on a big digital screen, supported by The York BID.

Sponsorship for the garden has been generously provided by Yorganics, Marshalls, Bloom!, Jewsons, Harper Bagged Products York BID and British Steel.

Jess Herbert, Head of Horticulture at Askham Bryan College added, “Most gardens built for shows are seldom enjoyed beyond the event. We want this garden to have a lasting impact, and in effect we will be re-cycling it so that ultimately it has an on-going community benefit.

“It has been tremendous to see the students working together in a real, public and professional environment. There were lots of challenging elements to this build and it is a genuine privilege to witness students of differing levels and experience problem-solving and enjoying their work. They should be very proud of their achievement,” said Jess.
Lotte Inch, who co-ordinates Bloom! on behalf of Make It York said: “York visitors and residents will be able to enjoy this planting in the urban environment and we really appreciate all the hard work that the students from Askham Bryan have put into realising it. We’re excited to hear where this wonderful garden is going to find its forever home.”

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