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Knaresborough home for Tour de France garden

The garden will first be shown at the 2014 Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Below, an early design for one of the sculptures.

The garden will first be shown at the 2014 Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Below, an early design for one of the sculptures.

A Tour de France-themed garden will celebrate the district’s involvement in the 2014 Grand Départ.

Harrogate Borough Council agreed on plans for a sculptor to commission three sculptures at a cost of £13,500 to feature in the garden.

It will first be displayed first at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, before going on permanent display at the World’s End Garden in Knaresborough.

The design features three sculptured bicycles, and will be completed by a sculptor recommended through Knaresborough gallery Art in the Mill.

Coun Pat Jones, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services said: “This will be the third Harrogate Spring Flower Show garden created by the council’s Parks Team that has then gone on to be displayed around the district.

“Harrogate has the Postcard, Ripon had the Olympic Garden in 2012.

“And now Knaresborough will get the 2014 Tour de France Garden.

“Hosting the Yorkshire Grand Départ has given us an excellent opportunity to provide displays that will capture the imagination and provide a wow factor that will attract visitors and residents.

“The garden design is fabulous and really makes the link with what Yorkshire has to offer as a first class tourist destination.

“Placing it on permanent display at World’s End is just about as close to the Tour de France route as you can get as the Peloton will ride right past it.

“Our district is unique in that we will have the Tour de France for two days.

“We hope many people, whether tourist or resident, will get enjoyment from all the Tour has to offer and particularly the World’s End Tour de France Garden.”

A budget of £20,000 has been allocated from the Investment Reserve to deliver projects to celebrate le Tour, while a funding application for £2,000 is pending and £1,500 sponsorship is paid by the North of England Horticultural Society towards the garden.

The current budget costings for the gardens is approximately £19,300. £4,200 is currently allocated to other Tour de France related projects such as the Tour de Bunting.

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