A town's annual summer floral display is set to carry on thanks to a gardening business in the Moorlands. Volunteers of Cheadle In Bloom normally carry out the work needed to create the town's colourful floral display during the summer months, but this year, due to the current coronavirus situation, they have been unable to. However, a gardening business in the local area has come to the rescue to ensure the town is, once again, decorated in glorious flora.
A town’s annual summer floral display is set to carry on thanks to a gardening business in the Moorlands.
Volunteers of Cheadle In Bloom normally carry out the work needed to create the town’s colourful floral display during the summer months, but this year, due to the current coronavirus situation, they have been unable to.
However, a gardening business in the local area has come to the rescue to ensure the town is, once again, decorated in glorious flora.
Chair of Cheadle In Bloom, Sally Roberts, told the Times & Echo: “The Cheadle In Bloom Summer planting displays will go ahead this year.
“Thursfield’s Nurseries (Eaves Lane, Bucknall) who supply the plants are going to help with the emptying of tubs and planters, replanting them and hanging the troughs and baskets.
“This means that the planting displays can go ahead as planned.
“It was going to be very difficult for volunteers to be able to carry out their usual tasks and Cheadle in Bloom is grateful to Thursfield’s for their help.”
Sally explained that sponsorship has been another problem for this year’s Cheadle In Bloom but thanks to the continued support of Cheadle Town Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, along with funds held in reserve, there are “sufficient funds” to pay for this year’s display.
Sally added: “Obviously the lock-down restrictions have made trading bad or impossible for most of the sponsors so to ask for their financial support would have been unfair and unreasonable. “Moreover, door to door collecting by Cheadle In Bloom members would have been impossible.
“So it was decided to abandon sponsorship collections this year.
“This will leave something of a problem for next year of course but it was felt that it was important to have a bright and cheerful Cheadle in this particular year.
“Hopefully our business sponsors will be able to help again next year but in the meantime any contributions to the winter planting will be gratefully received.”
Cheadle In Bloom was established in 2006 initially as a local council initiative but is now run as a volunteer group.
The group has been very active since then and the quality of its work resulted in Cheadle In Bloom achieving a Gold award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition in 2009.
Subsequently the group dropped out of the “In Bloom” competition to concentrate their efforts on planting activities.
In January 2018, the group formally acquired charitable status.
For further information go online to www.cheadleinbloom.co.uk.
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