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Press release issued : 26 May 2017

O la la Montpellier Quarter tourer pour Harrogate

More businesses in the iconic Montpellier Quarter have joined other businesses around the town who will be helping Harrogate look blooming lovely this summer.

These 60 businesses have joined the town's hanging basket scheme as they get behind 'Rooting for Harrogate'. This campaign was launched by Harrogate in Bloom in partnership with Harrogate Spring Water and backed by the Harrogate Advertiser following the town's nomination for the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions.

Harrogate Borough Council produces 600 hanging baskets for the town as part of its summer display but in partnership with Harrogate in Bloom it also provides a further 134 at a subsidised rate which are made available to town centre businesses.  The council's award winning Parks and Environmental Services Team grow the plants, produce the baskets, then hang, water and maintain them throughout the summer.

Lynne Mee, Hanging Basket co-ordinator for Harrogate in Bloom, thanks all the businesses who have taken part in this special year.  She added: "Many of these businesses have been buying baskets for years and it is lovely to have new companies on board this year.  Our flower beds, parks and gardens are always stunning but the hanging baskets at shops, cafes, restaurants and offices are always popular and do add something to the front of business premises.

"Visitors are vital to Harrogate's economy so as always we are trying to make sure the town looks its best.  This year it is even more vital because being nominated by the Britain in Bloom judges to enter Champion of Champions is a big deal for Team Harrogate and a huge accolade for the town.  We have an outstanding In Bloom record having won Yorkshire in Bloom title 33 times, Britain in Bloom 12 times and Europe in Bloom twice but Champion of Champions is a different ball game.  It is pitting the country's best against the best."

An hour-long meeting will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate at 8.00am on Thursday 25 May for businesses to find out more about the bid and how they can use the success to derive benefit for their own business as well.  Email mee.lynne2@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Harrogate, which was a Britain in Bloom gold winner last year, is competing against Aberdeen, Elswick in Lancashire, Hillsborough in Northern Ireland, Oldham, Portishead in Somerset and St Peter Port Guernsey.  


The hanging baskets will go up first week in June and businesses taking part in this year's scheme are:

Barber & Mack
Bijou Hair
Berwins 
Bespoke Eyewear
Caffe Marconi
Carter Jonas
Castle Galleries
Cordings Ltd
Covet
Drum and Monkey
Duttons for Buttons
Eura Audit UK(Harrogate)
Exchange Place
Farrow and Ball
Fit to Bust
Verity Frearson
Giannis Trattoria
Richard Grafton Interiors
H2K of Harrogate
Hales Bar
Hamptons Jewellers
Harrogate Borough Council Parking Services
Harrogate Fine Wine Company
Harrogate International Festival
Harrogate Traditional Sweet Shop
Hawico of Scotland
Hoopers
HSBC
Hunters
Jespers of Harrogate
Knight Frank
Lawrance Apart-hotel
Linley & Simpson
Magpie Greeting Cards
Manning Stainton
Maturi
Montpellier Property Consultants
The Montpellier 
Montpellier Retail Group
Morphets of Harrogate
Myrings Estate Agents
NatWest
North Park Dental Service
Ogdens of Harrogate
Old Bell Tavern
Owl Menswear 
Prego Cafe and Bar
Quantro Restaurant
Rose Velvet
Serenity Spa 
Smithers Menswear
Specsavers
Spirit of Harrogate
St Peter's Church
G A Taylor Jewellers
Townhouse Design
Treatment Rooms
Victoria Shopping Centre
Spirit of Harrogate
Yorkshire Bank

More information  is available from Lynne Mee telephone 07702 313776 or email mee.lynne2@gmail.com #rootingforharrogate

Photograph shows l/r Michael Mackinnon Barber & Mack Gentlemen's Hairdressing; Emily Benson of Covet Lifestyle Store; Andy Langshaw of Harrogate Fine Wine Company and Steve Mulhaire of Owl Menswear