Northampton in Bloom - An Inspiring Community

Published: Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The East Midlands in Bloom judges are coming to Northampton on 5 July 2016 to undertake their assessment of the floral displays around Northampton.

The judges, Dianne Moore and Mel Henley will be visiting Parsons Meade Community Centre, West Hunsbury, before taking a tour around Northampton as part of the judging process.

The bloom judges will be taking the following route: Hunsbury Hill Centre Community Garden and Woods, The Elgar Centre, St Crispin Retirement Village, Northamptonshire Country Centre, Berrywood Allotments, Lyncrest Primary School, Dallington Village,St James Library, Oasis House, Town centre, The Old White Hart, Far Cotton Residents’ Association and finally the Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust.

Northampton has very high expectations in the competition this year and is aiming for a Gold award after achieving a Silver Gilt in 2015. As well as the floral displays around the town, this year’s distinctive Northampton offer includes the crown floral display opposite the Guildhall, the oak apple trees on All Saints Plaza. There is also a return of the wooden knights as well as the shoe display in the Guildhall courtyard.

Alongside our entry into East Midlands in Bloom, Northampton Borough Council runs a local competition for schools, community groups, residential, businesses and parish councils. There have been 64 entries into the competition, which will be judged in July and August.  The community involvement contributes towards the town’s overall score in East Midlands in Bloom.

Cllr Alan Bottwood, Cabinet member for the Environment, said “I am delighted we have so many entries in the competition and people across the community have worked so hard, I hope Northampton does really well this year. The entries are a tribute to the excellent collaboration we have with our partners and the wider community. Together, we work successfully to create beautiful floral surroundings, and a cleaner greener environment. This has had a positive effect on morale and boosts community spirit.”

Northampton in Bloom is co-ordinated by Northampton Borough Council with its partners, Moulton College, Enterprise, K & J Hird, as well as all the entrants in Northampton in Bloom.