A FAMILIAR face is back in Salisbury as Gilbert the flower dragon takes up residence outside The Guildhall for the summer.

Gilbert's arrival marks the start of Salisbury in Bloom - meaning hanging baskets, seasonal displays and flowers throughout the city centre and Salisbury's parks.

Gilbert is made up of a huge variety of plants and shrubs. He weighs about 1.5 tonnes and is nearly 8ft tall.

For more information on Salisbury in Bloom visit salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk.