Horticultural group gets national call-up
Town gardeners preparing to take part in Britain in Bloom competition
For the first time, following two consecutive regional gold awards, Amersham in Bloom has been invited to enter the national Britain in Bloom competition.
Last year, Amersham received three awards, including gold for the overall town plus special regional awards for the Memorial Gardens and its contribution to conservation and wildlife.
Only three towns throughout Bucks, Oxfordshire and Berkshire (the Thames and Chiltern region) are invited to take part against the best villages, towns and cities throughout the UK, all of whom are regional winners. In Amersham’s category, town, it will be pitted against six other towns, who are all winners within their regions.
Amersham Town Council community officer and Amersham in Bloom coordinator Steve Catanach said: “Being asked to represent Thames and Chiltern in this year’s competition is an incredible accomplishment and a true accolade of the collaboration between Bloom volunteers, Amersham Town Council, local businesses, community groups, schools, Chiltern District Council and Bucks County Council.
“Our entry into the national Britain in Bloom competition is a fantastic achievement and will be a catalyst for further improvements within our town.
“As a group we are really excited and have started planning for the year ahead with some wonderful ideas including new trees which will line Sycamore Road and Hill Avenue, while the Memorial Gardens will be even more impressive this year.”
being encourage to play their part in creating history for Amersham by joining the In Bloom team as a volunteer.
Chairman of Amersham in Bloom Jill Mace, who can been regularly seen digging and weeding throughout the town come rain or shine, said: “We are ecstatic and honoured to be invited to the national awards this year and want to do the town proud.
“We have grown a terrific community of fun and enthusiastic volunteers over the past few years and always welcome additional help, however small, particularly now that we have such a wonderful opportunity ahead.”
If you wish to join the Amersham in Bloom team to help plant more around the town, or if you are a local business or group and want to sponsor a flowerbed or one of the group’s competitions, then call Steve Catanach on 01494 434 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. uk.
Jill Mace, Pippa Cotton, Valerie Barratt all volunteered to spruce up the town for Amersham In Bloom; (left) 2015 best business winner The Eagle; (far left) Chestnut Lane School won gold in the eco
scarecrow category in 2015