Town in full bloom ahead of judges’ visits

Published: Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The final floral touches were added to the town centre this week for Northampton’s entry into the East Midlands and Britain in Bloom competitions.

The Cobbler’s Last in Abington Street is now decorated with a bold display of geraniums, provided by Cramden Nurseries, one of the competition’s many sponsors.

This colourful centre piece is accompanied by an impressive planted carpet display in front of The Guildhall, provided by K&J Hird Ltd, which includes over 1000 alternathera plants to form a tribute to local football hero, Walter Tull.

Over 30 community groups, 10 schools, 11 businesses and 17 residents and two allotments have made a huge contribution to this year’s competition, brightening up their neighbourhoods, gardens, parks and community buildings with floral and planted displays.

Over the past month, Northampton Borough Council has also installed 350 hanging baskets on business premises, bus stops and lamp posts, along with barrier baskets along main traffic routes and large floral stands dotted around the town centre.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment and Chair of the Northampton Bloom Committee, said: “We’re extremely proud of the hard work that has been undertaken by community groups, schools, businesses and residents from across the borough for this year’s competition.

“Our annual entry is part of our commitment to investing in Northampton and making it a place that people can enjoy, and we are looking forward to showing the judges a selection of the wonderful floral displays which are brightening up the town.”

Judges will visit the town this Friday, 13 July and again on Monday, 6 August.