M&S 'Living Wall' catches eye of In Bloom judge


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A SUPERMARKET’S unique way of bringing a riot of colour to Oswestry has caught the eye of a top ‘In Bloom’ judge.

Heart of England In Bloom chairman Roger Bache noted the “absolutely stunning” ‘living wall’ which has been created on the front of the Marks and Spencer Simply Food store on Smithfield Road.
His visit last Thursday comes as the town hunts its 10th consecutive Gold Award in the regional competition.
Commenting on the feature which he said provided a good “backdrop” to the town’s Central car park, Mr Bache added: “I was really inspired by the Central car park, the drive into it and the backdrop of the Marks and Spencer store; I’ve seen those [living walls] before, but never in a town centre, it’s a brilliant idea.”
Mr Bache, who judged Oswestry last year, spent the morning visiting several locations in the town which are currently in full bloom thanks to In Bloom volunteers.
His tour included Fairholme Care Home on Shrewsbury Road, Holy Trinity Primary School on Middleton Road, the Cambrian Railway Orchard Project, which Mr Bache also noted, Oswestry Senior Citizens Club on Lorne Street and Gatacre Allotments, plus a host of residential properties and town centre businesses.
“There’s a huge amount of community effort here clearly,” Mr Bache continued, “A lot of schools are involved and different groups, stores and businesses, they are really pulling together through the In Bloom campaign, it makes it happen.”
Miss Betty Gull, chairman of the Oswestry In Bloom committee, said she felt the volunteers had done all they could, adding: “I think we were able to show some very interesting places and groups this year.

“I’m pleased with how the town was looking and we had great weather. Everyone helped out, it was a real community effort.
“I think we have all done our best and now it is up to the judge to decide our fate,” she added.

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