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Tour de France ‘Switch white rose for yellow’ request
5:50pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Keighley
Gardeners are being encouraged to swap the traditional white rose of Yorkshire for yellow as the Tour de France comes to the district next July.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), working in conjunction with Welcome to Yorkshire, has produced a factsheet to help people turn Yorkshire yellow next summer.
It contains information about more than 80 different kinds of plants with yellow flowers or foliage – including four varieties of yellow rose – as well as tips on when to plant them and how to maintain them ahead of the weekend of July 5 and 6.
The Grand Depart comes through Silsden, Steeton, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope on July 6.
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity said: “The Grand Depart provides Yorkshire with a unique opportunity to showcase what the county has to offer.
“We understand the economic advantages of attractive places, and with the help of the RHS, we want to enhance the county, creating show-stopping floral displays that will wow the crowds next summer.”
Yellow is associated with the Tour de France as the colour of the leader’s jersey.
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