Hanging baskets set to return to Darlington

Hanging baskets set to return to Darlington
26 June 2020

Three hundred floral hanging baskets are set to be put in place across shops and businesses in Darlington town centre as the council drives home its message that the town is open for business.

The council’s Street Scene teams have been helping to prepare the baskets which will be put in place over the coming weeks. The team will also be undertaking additional duties of hanging the baskets and watering them, ensuring they thrive throughout the summer.

Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said:
“More and more people are coming back to the town centre to shop and do business. These wonderful floral displays will create a fantastic splash of colour and give a boost to the warm welcome that already awaits our shoppers.

“We have a strong floral heritage and have won many awards in the past including national recognition at Chelsea and Britain in Bloom. Once in place, these flowers will help to remind people of our proud heritage and give the town a brilliant burst of colour. Many thanks to our Street Scene teams who have worked hard to make this happen.”

Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration added:
“We are a proud town and in the past few years we have revived our tradition of entering floral competitions. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, Northumbria in Bloom (in which we won Best in Class in the City Centre category last year) has been cancelled.
“However, what hasn’t been cancelled is our immense pride in this town and we wanted to help celebrate this by ensuring the return of the floral displays. We want people to come down and enjoy the flowers and, most of all, enjoy Darlington.”

More and more businesses are opening up in the town centre including bars, cafes and restaurants as lockdown measures are eased. Parking in council-run car parks and on street parking remains free in the town centre.

Updates are featured on the #LoveDarlo and council Facebook pages.