Ring-a-ring-of-pansies - Olympic style

Members of healthy walking groups planting pansies in olympic ring shapes in Central Park, Boston.
Members of healthy walking groups planting pansies in olympic ring shapes in Central Park, Boston.

OLYMPIC fever has officially hit Boston – or at least Central Park.

The park has played host to one of the first Games-themed displays in the shape of an Olympic ring design planted earlier this month.

The iconic rings have been made up with more than 2,000 white and blue pansies, in a bid to show support for Team GB when the Games begin in July.

Members of the town’s healthy walking groups braved the bad weather to plant the flowers in a specially-constructed raised bed.

Fran Taylor, the council’s play and physical activity officer and the person who leads the healthy walking groups, said: “It was marvellous to see so many turn up to help, despite the wet and muddy conditions.”

The display is part of the town’s Boston in Bloom effort. It has been funded through a Silver Spirit grant from the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

The healthy walking groups have taken part in a number of other events, and an opening ceremony is planned to take place in the summer.