Gold medal winning garden springs back up in the Coppergate Centre

A temporary garden installation that won a gold medal at the recent Harrogate Spring Flower Show has sprung up in the heart of York’s city centre! ‘In Sight of the Minster’ has been recreated by staff and students from Askham Bryan College within the Coppergate Centre.

Askham Bryan College garden at the Coppergate Centre, York. Pictured are members of the college team working on the garden led by Jessica Herbert, front right, with Ashley Dobson front left, Sofia Obradovic, and Ross Unsworth. Picture by David Harrison.

Askham Bryan College garden at the Coppergate Centre, York. Pictured are members of the college team working on the garden led by Jessica Herbert, front right, with Ashley Dobson front left, Sofia Obradovic, and Ross Unsworth. Picture by David Harrison.

The installation is supported by Make It York, as part of its mini Bloom! Festival this summer, which will celebrate York’s rich tradition of horticulture, ahead of the Bloom! festival returning next year, and complements this month’s floral-themed Brollywalk down Coppergate Walk.

Askham Bryan College garden at the Coppergate Centre, York. Pictured front left is project leader Jessica Herbert with Lotte Inch the Bloom Curator for Make It York, And back from left, Ashley Dobson, Sofia Obradovic, Stuart Rodden and Pippa Unwin the Coppergate Centre Manager. Picture by David Harrison.

Askham Bryan College garden at the Coppergate Centre, York. Pictured front left is project leader Jessica Herbert with Lotte Inch the Bloom Curator for Make It York, And back from left, Ashley Dobson, Sofia Obradovic, Stuart Rodden and Pippa Unwin the Coppergate Centre Manager. Picture by David Harrison.

The six metre square garden is inspired by architectural features of York Minster, including flying buttresses to support the trees, ‘walls’ made from yew hedging and an arched window frame planted with strong colours to represent the vibrancy of the cathedral’s stained glass windows.

 “This is a beautiful garden, and it sits perfectly in the shadow of York St Mary’s in our central square, which itself features wonderful gothic arches and stained glass. The fine weather this week has enabled many visitors to watch as it took shape, and with the garden in place until the end of June, I’m sure it will delight tourists and residents alike,” comments manager of the Coppergate Centre, Pippa Unwin.

At the end of June, the garden will then move to its permanent home following a competition in which community groups and organisations can apply for the garden to be theirs. Fresh artificial turf will be laid in its place, as Coppergate once again prepares to host Wimbledon on a big digital screen, supported by The York BID.

 Sponsorship for the garden has been generously provided by Yorganics, Marshalls, Bloom!, Jewsons, Harper Bagged Products, York BID and British Steel.

 Jess Herbert, Head of Horticulture at Askham Bryan College added, “We wanted this garden to have a lasting legacy and hope that it will inspire visitors to the Coppergate Centre for their own gardening projects and to learn more about horticulture. In addition, the competition is a great opportunity to continue the garden’s impact and extend that impact still further.”

 Lotte Inch, who co-ordinates Bloom! on behalf of Make It York, comments, “We are delighted to support legacy projects such as this, especially as this will bring more greenery into the city. York visitors and residents will be able to enjoy this planting in the urban environment and we really appreciate all the hard work that the students from Askham Bryan have put into realising it. We’re excited to hear where this wonderful garden is going to find its forever home.”