Crewkerne In Bloom have confirmed that they will be entering the main section of the South West in Bloom competition this year. Volunteers from CIB met with representatives of the regional competition last month in Crewkerne. The Chairperson and Secretary of SWiB were given a guided walking tour of the town and were particularly impressed with the town’s historic architecture and passageways leading to the main shopping areas. It was felt that maintained floral displays was a great enhancement to the town’s natural appeal to visitors and helped to brighten it up for the local community.

South West in Bloom is one of eighteen regional competitions that make up Britain in Bloom, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and the biggest horticultural campaign in Europe. The annual horticultural competition focuses on three core areas; Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation. Judging of SWiB will take place in early July. Crewkerne In Bloom will send delegates to the Spring Seminar in Chippenham later this month, where key speakers will give presentations on the main topics of the bloom campaign and help entrants to network and share ideas.

Crewkerne In Bloom had a great first year in 2018 with many local businesses, community groups and residents supporting the project and helping to brighten up the town with hanging baskets and planters filled with colourful flowers and old bicycles strategically placed and adorned with fresh blooms. CIB also reported a good working relationship with the local authorities, helping to maintain and water flower beds on approach roads and areas which were previously neglected. CIB is extremely grateful to the businesses who supported them last year and the grants and sponsorship received that enabled them to buy compost, plants, baskets and other essential materials.

A spokesperson for Crewkerne In Bloom said: “We are feeling excited at entering South West in Bloom and hope that you will all continue to support us in helping to encourage pride in our town and environment.” Volunteers are needed to help with planting, weeding, watering and general tidying up throughout the Spring and Summer months. Small and large reservoir baskets will be planted up in early May for local businesses to purchase at reasonable costs that includes ongoing maintenance and watering when required.

Sponsorship for raw materials and specific projects within CIB are invited from businesses who would like to raise their company’s profile and help a great community project. Residents who improve their particular area of the town as part of a volunteer led group, focusing on community gardening and increased environmental awareness, are invited to enter the It’s Your Neighbourhood section of Britain In Bloom. For more information on Crewkerne In Bloom and how to get involved as a local resident, business or community group, please email or telephone Desi on 01460 63856.


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