ORGANISERS of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games said a “fantastic splash of colour” had been added to the city thanks to a Derbyshire firm.
Plantscape, near Ashbourne, was awarded a £200,000-plus deal to supply the Scottish city’s council with almost 1,900 planters before the start of the Games on Wednesday.
The company said it was “one of the single biggest orders” it had ever received and staff have spent the past few weeks installing 600 barrier baskets and 1,200 basket liners in Glasgow.
The rest of the order comprises 30 wooden planters, 30 round-tree planters and 18 Eyefull towers – three tiers of planters arranged one on top of another like a wedding cake.
Staff have also scoured the country for a range of cottage garden-style plants to create a varied display and is also placing silver birches in 30 large planters manufactured for the occasion.
Thousands of flowers are involved in the displays, which are red, blue, green and yellow to match the event’s official colour scheme.
And a spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “As part of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games city dressing programme, a dedicated greening strand of the programme will see striking floral lanes, carpet bedding, tiered planter boxes and hundreds of hanging baskets put in place – with more than 500,000 blooms bringing a swathe of colour to Glasgow’s streets and parks.
“The council tendered a contract to for the work with the company (Plantscape) being selected on a range of points.
“Planters are now being put in place and are adding a fantastic splash of colour around the city.”
Mark Stone, managing director of Plantscape, said – while the Glasgow order is large and would staff delivering planters later into the summer than usual – it was eclipsed by a previous order placed by the city in 2007.
This was when Plantscape decorated the streets to impress judges who were visiting to decide where to award the Games.
It also follows Plantscape’s involvement in the 2012 Olympic Games, when it supplied hundreds of planters for the streets of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, which hosted the white-water kayak and canoeing events.
Mr Stone said: “We are extremely proud to be decorating Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
“The city is rolling out the red carpet to thousands of athletes, officials and visitors and it is wonderful to think that our displays will ensure that the city will be looking its very best.
“What makes it even more rewarding is that we provided a display seven years ago to welcome the Commonwealth Games judging panel and that display helped the city win the Games.
“So we are delighted to have been working for the Games themselves.”
Every year, Plantscape plants around 100,000 flowers in thousands of hanging baskets, barrier baskets and floor-standing planters, which it then delivers to councils and organisations across the country.
It maintains and waters many of the displays itself, before collecting every single one of the planters when the season draws to a close in September.
Mr Stone said: “Planting up and transporting so many planters to Glasgow has required a huge logistical effort at a time of the year when we are usually winding down.
“However, we have been working around the clock to get everything in place.”