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‘Living’ Rainbow flag in full bloom

25 April 2019

Rainbow flag made of plants

The University’s ‘living’ Rainbow flag is now in full bloom to celebrate the University’s LGBT+ community.

The different flowers – daffodils, tulips, snake’s head fritillaries, grape hyacinths, violets and mint – were planted outside Main Building on Park Place last autumn to represent the colours of the flag.

The project was led by Lee Raye in the Grounds Maintenance Team and supported by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Estates and Enfys, the University’s LGBT+ staff network.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Holford were among many staff and students to plant bulbs.

Lee said: “I feel honoured to have had a role in creating the living Rainbow flag.

“The support this project has received from the LGBT+ community and the broader University has been fabulous.

“I believe we are the first University in the world to show our pride through the creation of a living Rainbow flag.”

In January it was announced that the University had risen to 11th place in Stonewall’s annual survey of the UK’s top 100 LGBT+ employers.

The Rainbow flag is the symbol of the LGBT+ community and pride movement, and was originally designed in 1978.

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