Floral Clock Celebrates 10 Years of Fair Trade

Submitted by edg on Thu, 17 Jul '14 10.28am

Edinburgh’s famous floral clock is now in full bloom, revealing a tribute to the capital’s 10 years as a Fairtrade City.

The historic timekeeper, which was first planted in Princes Street Gardens in 1903, celebrates a different organisation each year and has previously paid homage to Robert Louis Stevenson’s centenary and Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

This summer it marks one decade since Edinburgh was recognised as a Fairtrade City by incorporating the FAIRTRADE logo that appears on the Fairtrade products.

30,000 plants

Made up of than 30,000 plants, including Golden Pyreathum and Lobelia, the floral clock took two of the city's gardeners five weeks to complete.

The historic time piece will also support Edinburgh’s entry to the Entente Florale, Europe’s largest environmental competition, when its judges visit the city next month.

This is the first time the capital has been invited to represent the UK in the contest, which assesses entries based on landscape and horticulture, environment and tourism and public involvement.

“Countless individuals as well as businesses, shops, cafes, universities, schools and churches have worked together over the past ten years to help achieve the status of Fairtrade City, which ensures workers in the developing world receive better prices, improved working conditions and fairer terms of trade," said Rachel Farey, Chair of Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group.

“The stunning floral design which includes the Fairtrade logo stands out as an important tribute to all the hard work done by the people of Edinburgh who care passionately about Fair Trade."