Colmore Business District (CBD) invests in outdoor floral displays and enhancements in the summer to bring colour and greenery to the area. For the festive season, CBD invests in Christmas lights and decorations to enhance the business district and bring seasonal cheer to the area, improving the environment for all to enjoy. These enhancements are in addition to what is provided by Birmingham City Council.
For summer 2014, CBD has invested in a floral feature in Church Street Square in the form of a folding bicycle, which is part of the City Centre Floral Trail. The central theme of this year’s Trail is the commemoration of Britain’s entry into the First World War, 100 years ago in 1914. The features along the Trail are designed to tell the story of Birmingham’s vital contribution to the War. The Trail forms part of Birmingham’s entry into the Royal Horticultural Society In Bloom campaign and the features and displays will remain in place for the summer.
CBD has also added colour to the District by installing flower towers, hanging baskets and metre boxes attached to railings. For the first time, there are also edible hanging baskets, which can be found outside Purnell’s on Cornwall Street, Urban Coffee Company and Home Deli on Church Street, Primitivo on Barwick Street and The Jekyll & Hyde on Steelhouse Lane. These contain herbs and edible flowers, which the aforementioned restaurants, bars and cafes can use in the food and drink they prepare.
Also new for 2014 are six new flower towers in a design that is unique to the CBD. These can be found outside Snow Hill Station, outside Cannon House on Priory Queensway, outside Holiday Inn Express Snow Hill and on the corner of Newhall Street and Colmore Row.