Nine sculptures from the popular Floral Trail, an initiative organised and funded by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) in conjunction with Nottingham City Council’s Nottingham in Bloom team, designed to improve the appearance of the city centre, have made a welcome return to Nottingham’s streets in time for Christmas.
The award-winning Floral Trail has been a popular part of the city’s landscape in the Summer months for the past five years to help make Nottingham as attractive a place as possible and to engage with people. For the first time, nine of the fifteen sculptures that make up the Floral Trail have been replanted with winter flowering and some scented plants. Plants include festive favourite such as Holly and Ivy as well as Pieris, Hebe and Choisya. They have also been decorated with Christmas lights.
The sculptures that have made another appearance this year are the shoe which is on King Street near the Brian Clough statue; the ice skate at the top of Victoria Street; the men’s jacket outside the Exchange; the handbag on St Peter’s Gate; the Teddy Bear on Bridlesmith Gate; the champagne bottle at the top of Middle Pavement, the guitar on Chapel Bar; the ring at Trinity Square and the theatre masks in Theatre Square.
“Nottingham is a great place for shopping and going out in, and is a popular destination over the Festive Season for people who live, work and study here as well as visitors to the city,” said Neil Fincham, a director of the Nottingham BID. “We want to make the city centre look as attractive as possible for people whilst they are here and encourage them to make a return visit too. The Floral Trail has always been very popular and a great enhancement to the city so we decided to give it a festive makeover this year and install it around the city centre for Christmas too.”
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “It’s great to see the sculptures out in the city centre for the winter season. They are a popular attraction for visitors and shoppers alike. Lighting them up gives them a new appeal which complements Nottingham’s Christmas festivities”.