Hor­ti­cul­tural group gets na­tional call-up

Town gar­den­ers pre­par­ing to take part in Bri­tain in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

Peo­ple

are

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 stevec@amer­sham-tc.gov. 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

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