Posted: Thu 11th Jul 2024

Massive Wrexham flower badge takes pride of place in city – as residents asked to do your bit for bloom competition for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A special new landmark has landed on St Giles Way in Wrexham City Centre.

Wrexham Council have installed the huge Wrexham AFC badge – with permission from the club – as part of the part of the Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom Competition and ‘sponsored’ by the 2029 City of Culture bid.

The artwork measures 5.75 meters across and is made up of plants including Ajuga Chocolate Chip, Sempervivum Green and Sedum Spurium ‘Dragons Blood.’

The council say, “Wrexham won gold at Wales in Bloom 2023, and this is part of readying ourselves for the 2024 judging- we’ve also been invited to represent Wales in the Britain in Bloom competition going up against London and Dundee!

“This year’s judging route will call at several venues and gardens including Wrexham Crematorium, Wrexham Recycling Centre, Erlas Walled Garden, Rhosnesni High School and Wrexham City Centre.

“We are asking residents and community groups on the route for their assistance with this. Last year we had groups conducting litter picks, gardening competitions, planting up areas and hanging baskets to improve their area.

“The competitions aims to make Wrexham environmentally friendly by eliminating graffiti, dog fouling, fly posting and promoting sustainable planting and floral displays to make Wrexham a more beautiful place to live and visit.

If you are interested in helping with the Britain in Bloom and Wales in Bloom Campaign or would like to sponsor a roundabout or planter then please contact Nicola Ellis on 01978 729638 or email at [email protected].

Cllr Nigel Williams, Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Firstly I would like to thank the club for allowing us to use their crest. We are extremely proud of our club and it’s a huge part of who we are in Wrexham.

“Now the crest is in situ, it will be a fantastic addition to the city centre and I’m sure a firm favourite on the tourist trail for local and international fans and I look forward to seeing their ‘selfies” at the badge in the future.

“After being awarded Gold and best in category last year, I’m really pleased we are entering again this year to build on that success with new exciting projects such as this as well as our colourful city centre displays and wildflower roundabouts and I urge local communities, businesses and schools to join in and get involved in any way they can.

Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Environment, said: “Our environment team will be working hard to make our open spaces look and be as good as they can be, so we can all enjoy them.

“I encourage everyone to get involved as we work towards making Wrexham a welcoming environment to those of us who live here, and visitors.”

A timelapse video of the installation has also been released, showing the team hard at work:

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