A gardener from Salford has been chosen by the public as the winner of a unique project – ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’ – at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park.
Five green-fingered designers from across Greater Manchester were chosen to create green bus stops to feature along a 25m ‘Bus Stop Boulevard’, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
Flying the flag for Manchester’s vibrant LGBT community, Cadishead-based Frazer Letman recreated the iconic rainbow flag using rows of colourful flowers. His winning project is aptly named ‘Pride in Manchester’.
Commenting on his achievement, Frazer said: “I’m thrilled that the public picked me as the winner of the Bus Stop Boulevard project! I organised flowers into rows of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red to recreate the Pride flag, which is rich in history and an important symbol in Greater Manchester.”
The upcycled bus stops were a main attraction at this year’s Flower Show, in keeping with the event’s urban greening theme.
Other entries included a design by Friends of Peel Park, who took inspiration from the historic urban park in Salford, while Wigan-based Peter Foster’s design illustrated the resilience of plants with greenery growing in a neglected bus stop.
Incredible Futures Oldham designed a bus stop to represent their Real Junk Food Project, which aims to reduce food waste across the Oldham area.
Finally, inspired by the art and gardens of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester local Robert Docherty transformed a bus stop in to mini art gallery.
Show Manager Isobel Coulter said: “We’ve been thrilled with all the designs that featured in the show. From sustainable food sources to tributes to iconic local areas, the creators have really let their imaginations run wild and the outcome has been really inspiring. It’s great to show how a little bit of green can be injected into the most unlikely of places.”
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “It’s been fantastic to work with The Royal Horticultural Society on this green initiative, which is a fun and engaging way to bring communities together and get people excited about gardening.
“The winning entry shows amazing creativity, giving a simple bus stop a fun and alternative look.
“Greening urban spaces is really important, and these designs demonstrate innovative and effective ways to create happier and healthier cities.”