Northampton to celebrate 'all things bright and bloomingful' this summer

Published: Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The planting for Northampton in Bloom is well under way and throughout June hundreds of floral displays will be popping up throughout the town centre.

More than 250 hanging baskets and 120 barrier baskets, showcasing approximately 8,000 plants, will bring a burst of colour to the heart of town as part of this year’s ‘all things bright and bloomingful’ display.

A prominent figure from Northampton’s past features in the large carpet bed display which has returned to St Giles Square this week. The centrepiece commemorates Edgar Mobbs who famously went on to form his own company to fight with the Northamptonshire Battalion after being told he was too old to join the Army. 2017 marks the centenary of his fall in battle during WWI and the rugby-themed motif is a fitting tribute to the former Saints captain.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “The town is really starting to come alive with colour and it’s great to see so many displays lining our busy shopping streets. I know that there’s a lot of work going into gardens and community projects around the town too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the results.

“We’d still like more people to get involved in the competition and welcome entries from everyone, whether you have single window box or a well-established garden - just sign up before 23 June to take part.”

Visit our Northampton in Bloom page for more information. The closing date for competition entries is 23 June and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony for all entrants in October.