Floral displays get gold

Published: Monday, 23 September 2019

Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society have given Northampton Borough Council a gold award for the town’s entry into this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition.

At the beginning of July, the judges visited Northampton to assess floral displays planted by businesses, community groups, residents and the Borough Council, following months of hard work and preparation.

Northampton also came out top in the city category, with judges impressed by the excellent community projects on offer, the quality of planting and the wide range of plants.

Judge Griselda Kerr said: “It was evident that the many volunteer groups within Northampton work together for their mutual good, undertaking a huge amount of hard work, with very successful results, touching all parts of the community.”

In all, 28 community groups, 17 residents, 11 businesses, ten schools, three allotments and a Parish Council contributed to this year’s competition, along with 100 offices and shops which hung colourful baskets from their walls.

And as part of the competition, over 100 shops and businesses participated in the quirky Shoe Plants project, coordinated by St Giles’ Terrace in Bloom and Northampton Town Centre BID, displaying a planted pair of shoes in their windows and doorways.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Chair of Northampton in Bloom, said: “This is fantastic news for the town and testament to all the keen gardeners and groups who have worked so hard to provide such beautiful gardens and displays in our communities.

“The improvements made by our environmental service contractors, and the dedication of residents and school children who have undertaken community clean-ups is also evident, as the judges noted clean streets and well-maintained parks on their route.

“Many of our parks have friends groups who really complement the work carried out by the Borough Council’s park rangers, neighbourhood wardens and contractors, and I feel that all the brilliant partnership work we’ve seen plays a huge part of our success in this competition.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia said: “Veolia and idverde, our partner for grounds maintenance, have been supporting Northampton Borough Council with the In Bloom campaign.

“This gold award is of particular importance as this was the first in Bloom competition since our teams undertook a deep clean of the town and started working with the local community groups and is also a recognition of the hard work they have put in.

“Well done to all community groups, residents and organisations that contributed to the competition.“