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British company under fire for daffodil display

by webdev

April 14, 2011

British businessman Robert Blyth thought he was doing something that not only looked nice but would help with the public perception and name recognition of his company.

According to the Daily Mail, Blyth commissioned a colorful floral display created out of a popular spring flower to write his company's name on a hillside on some land he owned. The display consisted of 13,000 daffodils and spelled the name of his company, The Boot Group.

Local government officials said that the display violated local advertising laws and ordered Blyth to dig up the flowers.

"It's not an advertisement, it's a floral display," Blyth told the newspaper."We have been inundated with comments from our customers about how beautiful the daffodils look."

The woman who helped create the display was equally as outraged at the ruling.

"It looks fantastic and puts a smile on everybody's faces," Tracey Coyne, of the Anglia Bulb Company, told the Daily Mail. "They will probably only be in bloom for 30 days anyway. I think the council should be concentrating on more important things."

Since then, the council has agreed that their initial reaction may have been a bit harsh. They've apologized to Blyth and retracted the order to dig up the blooms.


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