Gar­den­ers to keep bor­ough colour­ful as Bloom is launched

Staines Informer - - TRAVEL -

KEEN gar­den­ers came to­gether as the start­ing gun was fired on this year’s Spelthorne in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion.

The con­test, which has been running since 1989, en­cour­ages res­i­dents, busi­nesses, pubs, schools and churches to brighten up the bor­ough with flow­ers.

This year’s cam­paign was of­fi­cially launched at the Not­cutts Gar­den Cen­tre in Staines Road, Lale­ham, with the win­ners of the chil­dren’s poster com­pe­ti­tion an­nounced by com­mit­tee chair­man Nick Wood-Dow.

Tri­umph­ing in the nine to 11-year-old hand-drawn cat­e­gory was Jes­sica Ed­ward of Town Farm Pri­mary School in Stan­well. Her royal de­sign is be­ing used on this year’s pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial.

Mr Wood-Dow said: “The com­mit­tee was united in its choice and it will go all round the bor­ough this year.”

Cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion in­clude Best Kept Front Gar­den, Best Hang­ing Bas­ket and Best Kept Public House dis­play – spon­sored by the In­former’s sis­ter pa­per, the Sur­rey Ad­ver­tiser.

Speak­ing to the au­di­ence, out­go­ing Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr Mark Fran­cis paid trib­ute to the com­mu­nity spirit in the bor­ough.

“Do­ing Spelthorne in Bloom just en­hances that and en­hances Spelthorne, as we get to see such beau­ti­ful flow­ers,” he said.

The dead­line for en­tries this year is June 24 and win­ners are an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in the au­tumn.

Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Mark Fran­cis, with all of the Win­ners of the Best Hand Drawn Poster at the launch of Spelthorne in Bloom at Nots­cutts Gar­den Cen­tre in Lale­ham.

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