Blooming volunteers gear up for gold medal bid
A GOLD medal could be awarded to Uttoxeter, if national judges find the town blooming this summer.
Uttoxeter in Bloom is preparing to fly the flag for the Heart of England region, after reaching the Britain in Bloom finals in the town category.
The national Royal Horticultural Society competition will see 79 finalists considered for a coveted gold medal and noted as one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
In August, the Uttoxeter in Bloom chairman, Cllr David Trenery, together with the town clerk and bloom co-ordinator, Tina Jeffery will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of the town.
Regional judges from the Heart of England in Bloom will visit Uttoxeter on Thursday 13th July with national judges following on Thursday 3rd August.
The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27th October.
Many Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom and local community groups – all volunteers – are busy working together to further enhance the town’s entry into the Heart of England in Bloom and the Britain in Bloom campaigns.
Over the past few months, much work has been undertaken by the ‘in bloom’ committee and students from Thomas Alleynes High School at the Holly Road Supportive Care Centre to provide a tranquil outdoor space for its visitors to sit, reflect in and enjoy.
This area will be included within the ‘bloom’ tours this year along with the train station, the community garden at the library, the new Fairtrade bed, the cemetery, the Millfield Victory allotments, Bramshall Road recreation ground, Thomas Alleynes High Schools community farm and conservation area, the Go Garden Project are to name just a few.
The annual ‘plant out at the park’ with the town’s four first schools is scheduled to take place on 20th June within the grounds of Bramshall Road recreation ground and shortly, all town centre retailers will be contacted with respect to participation in the ‘Blooming Best Dressed Window’ competition.
Cllr David Trenery, chair of Uttoxeter in Bloom, said: “Our aim is to get the whole community involved, whether you are a beginner gardener or a seasoned expert.
“Even just adding a few plants to your front garden, planting up a container or picking up litter on your street can make a big difference to making Uttoxeter a greener and more pleasant place to live.
“We thank all our volunteers for their continued hard work and kind support to enhance the flora and fauna of our ‘blooming’ town.”
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