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Bid to turn Yorkshire yellow for the Tour de France
4:59pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
YELLOW flowers are set to take over from Yorkshire’s traditional white roses as the county prepares for next year’s Tour de France.
The white rose has been the county’s symbol for centuries, but with the Grand Départ coming to the region it is hoped it will now take on the hue traditionally sported by the race leader.
The Royal Horticultural Society is working with tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, to produce a factsheet containing over 80 different kinds of plants with yellow flowers or foliage – and wants gardeners to get planting.
Copies are going to local authorities, Britain in Bloom groups, and many schools and parish councils along the routes to encourage communities to think yellow next summer when planting hanging baskets, bedding plants and perennials.
Ruth Evans of the RHS said: “The colour is synonymous with the Tour de France, so what better way to celebrate the race coming to the county than by drawing on the beauty of nature and making Yorkshire glow a gorgeous yellow while the world’s spotlight is on it.”
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity said: “We understand the economic advantages of attractive places and with the help of the RHS we want to enhance the county, creating show stopping floral displays that will wow the crowds next summer.”
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