Published: Monday, 14th August 2017

Two major anniversaries for Lions Club International are being celebrated in specially designed flower beds in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.

This year, the world's largest service club organisation celebrates its centenary, whilst the Harrogate branch celebrates its 60th anniversary.

In recognition of these two major anniversaries, Harrogate Borough Council's horticultural experts have created a colourful floral display bed on Montpellier Hill in Harrogate. Flower beds have also been created at Knaresborough House in Knaresborough and on Quarry Moor Lane in Ripon to celebrate the Lions' centenary.

Over 2,670 plants have been grown at the council's Harlow Hill nursery for the displays. The bed in Harrogate features Salvia Farinacea Victoria Blue and Bergonia Non Stop Yellow, whilst the one in Ripon features Bergonia Super Olympus White and Marigold Durango Yellow, and Knaresborough's floral display features Marigold Durango Gold, Bergonia Super Olympia White and Ageratum Bermuda Blue to represent the colours of the Lions.

Local Lion, Eric Wright has also designed a special commemorative plaque which will have central pride of place in the flower bed on Montpellier Hill. Both beds in Knaresborough and Ripon feature a floral letter 'L' representing the Lions.

Councillor Zoe Metcalfe, Harrogate Borough Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment said: "We are delighted to be able to celebrate the Lions Club anniversaries by creating these fabulously colourful flower beds. The Lions Club do so much for the district and thousands of individuals, families and organisations have benefitted from their help. We feel it is fitting to recognise their achievements through the creation of these flower beds."

Sue Wood, the Harrogate Borough Council Horticultural Officer who was responsible for the designs, said: "We are pleased to be able to work with other worthwhile organisations to create unique displays which recognise major achievements, events and anniversaries, and which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to our district."

James Mason, President of Harrogate Lions Club said: "The Lions are very grateful for the help and guidance that they have had from Harrogate Borough Council in allowing them to have such a prominent and prestigious position to display the plaque, we hope that the public will come along and view these fantastic flowerbeds over the next few weeks."