Retailers in Knutsford are gearing up for the annual Floral Walk displays to coincide with the RHS Tatton event being held July 19th to 23rd.
The RHS judges will be visiting the Town Centre to choose their favourite display. No theme has been set but to take part in the RHS competition, retailers must only use natural materials and flowers with artificial plants not being judged. Judges will assess the window displays on originality, colour and wow factor. retailers must contact the Town Council to by June 30th to confirm they are taking part in the RHS competition.
This year two competitions are running in parallel with the public being given an opportunity to vote for their favourite displays. The public vote is more open, with no strict rules and all displays being included without application. Residents will be encouraged to view the displays and then vote online at the Town Council Facebook page to choose their favourites. The winner will be presented with the, new and soon to be coveted, Floral Walk Trophy.
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner said “The incredible efforts of our businesses over the past few years added something extra special to the Town for when RHS visits. They put on some fantastic displays and this year the public get to say thank you by voting for their favourites!”
Retailers are also being encouraged to incorporate a Sunflower into their display, to tie-in with the upcoming Knutsford Heritage Open Days in September. This year’s KHOD event includes a focus on Alan Turing, with a look at Turing’s Sunflowers – one of his lesser-known theories was that the Fibonacci number series occurred in the petals and seedheads of sunflowers. The results were published last year and proved Turing’s theory, decades after his death.
Sarah Flannery, one of the team behind the Heritage Open Days event said “It would be very fitting – and look wonderful – if the retailers included sunflowers as part of their display in some way”.
If they don’t want to put real sunflowers in their display, they could easily put imitation sunflowers separately somewhere in their window (and keep these in place up until KHOD in September) and for those that aren’t going to have any floral display, this would be a very inclusive option.
For retailers taking part, to find out more information contact Lisa Benskin on 01565 653 929 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents are encouraged to like the Town Council at www.facebook.com/knutsfordtowncouncil or on twitter @KnutsfordTown to be ready to vote!