Yes, it’s a bloom­ing good idea

Canal Boat - - News -

BOATERS who decorate their craft with flow­ers are to be re­warded for cheer­ing up the canal scene by the Canal & River Trust in a ‘Boats in Bloom’ cam­paign.

CRT says the scheme, to be launched in Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week on 10-16 April, is about “thank­ing boaters whose plant­ing makes peo­ple happy”. Awards will be given out by the Trust’s staff and vol­un­teers recog­nis­ing ef­forts “small or large” that make a positive con­tri­bu­tion, with the op­tion to nom­i­nate boats for spe­cial prizes in cer­tain cat­e­gories. Canal Boat’s very own gar­den­ing writer Julie Clark will be one of the judges.

Mean­while the Thames is get­ting in on the act too, with award-win­ning florist Amie Bone plan­ning to cre­ate ‘The Float­ing Gar­dens of Westminster’, an English gar­den com­plete with ‘top deck wa­ter fea­ture’ aboard a Lon­don City Cruises trip-boat which will of­fer cruises in cen­tral Lon­don on 25-27 May.

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