Gearing up for another bloomin' great summer

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Staff reporter (Border Counties)

Spring has sprung and once again the organisers of Oswestry In Bloom are calling on the town to get behind its bid to win its 13th gold award.

The town was successful in wowing the judges of the Heart of England In Bloom awards last year.

The In Bloom Committee is hoping to replicate that success, but it needs the support of businesses, schools and residents.

Chairman of the committee Betty Gull said: “The programme has gone from strength to strength and visitors and residents are able to enjoy the excellent displays in the town centre. Last year we had more than 250 baskets purchased and some 100 planters and features. We would like to do even better in 2017.

“We would ask local residents and businesses to come on board for the Heart of England in Bloom competition which will be judged on July 12. This can be achieved by keeping properties, gardens, shop fronts and any other business premises weed free and generally tidy.

“The committee would like to thank to all those local businesses which took part in 2016, which saw Oswestry presented with its 12th gold award. We really want to make it 13.”

As well as the regional award, the committee will once again be enlisting the support of Margaret Thrower to judge the 14 categories of the Oswestry In Bloom competition – some of these include Best-Dressed Window, Best-Kept School, Best Community Project and Best Residential Balcony.

For a full list of categories, to order a hanging basket (16 inch) at £28 per basket plus VAT, watering at £50 (plus VAT) for the season (per site), or to find out more about how to get involved, contact Louise Humphreys at Oswestry Town Council on 01691 680222.

Meanwhile, the committee has had a busy winter organising the Oswestry In Lights competition in the run-up to Christmas, while the Spring Bulb competition, which sees primary schools grow crocus bulbs, is due to be judged shortly.

The town was successful in wowing the judges of the Heart of England In Bloom awards last year.

The In Bloom Committee is hoping to replicate that success, but it needs the support of businesses, schools and residents.

Chairman of the committee Betty Gull said: “The programme has gone from strength to strength and visitors and residents are able to enjoy the excellent displays in the town centre. Last year we had more than 250 baskets purchased and some 100 planters and features. We would like to do even better in 2017.

“We would ask local residents and businesses to come on board for the Heart of England in Bloom competition which will be judged on July 12. This can be achieved by keeping properties, gardens, shop fronts and any other business premises weed free and generally tidy.

“The committee would like to thank to all those local businesses which took part in 2016, which saw Oswestry presented with its 12th gold award. We really want to make it 13.”

As well as the regional award, the committee will once again be enlisting the support of Margaret Thrower to judge the 14 categories of the Oswestry In Bloom competition – some of these include Best-Dressed Window, Best-Kept School, Best Community Project and Best Residential Balcony.

For a full list of categories, to order a hanging basket (16 inch) at £28 per basket plus VAT, watering at £50 (plus VAT) for the season (per site), or to find out more about how to get involved, contact Louise Humphreys at Oswestry Town Council on 01691 680222.

Meanwhile, the committee has had a busy winter organising the Oswestry In Lights competition in the run-up to Christmas, while the Spring Bulb competition, which sees primary schools grow crocus bulbs, is due to be judged shortly.

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