Gar­den­ers wanted to join In Bloom call-up

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

Ttown’sTHE team be­hind the en­try into a hor­ti­cul­tural compe - tition is look­ing for res­i­dents to sign up with their gar­dens.

Vol­un­teers from In­cred­i­ble Ed­i­ble Wilm­slow and other part­ners are again en­ter­ing Wilm­slow into the RHS In Bloom com­pe­ti­tion which cel­e­brates ef­forts in com­mu­ni­ties to grow gar­dens and planters, tidy up towns and im­prove civic pride.

They are hop­ing to build on the suc­cess of last year when they in­volved busi­nesses, school and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to win a gold award.

Now they are look­ing for res­i­dents and neigh­bours to en­ter gar­dens or streets to be in­cluded on the route for RHS judges who visit the town.

Coun El­lie Brooks, from Wilm­slow Town Coun­cil, who is part of a com­mit­tee which or­gan­ises the bid, said: “We had such a tremen­dous re­sponse last year, with 92 busi­nesses tak­ing part and nurs­eries plant­ing seeds for us.

“But we’ve never had some­one nom­i­nate their gar­den for the judge’s trail. We’re look­ing for res­i­dents to grow plants to fit with our theme. It will make it even more of a com­mu­nity ef­fort.”

Last year the vol­un­teers won three awards af­ter groups dec­o­rated the town with gold and yel­low flow­ers and plants for the town’s en­try, around the theme Grow­ing for Gold.

Wilm­slow picked up a gold award in the Best Large Town cat­e­gory and was named Most Im­proved En­try. The team also won The Bio­di­ver­sity Award for the work the rangers do at Lin­dow Com­mon. This year there are plans for a new sculp­ture as part of the bid.

Coun Brooks said: “We did it all on a shoe­string and the ef­forts of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“It was mag­i­cal to see so many peo­ple tak­ing part and we hope peo­ple get be­hind it again.”

Visit in­cred­i­ble-ed­i­blewil­m­slow.co.uk to get in­volved.

From left: Mar­gate Turner from Turn­ers Nurs­ery, Coun El­lie Brooks rom Wilm­slow Town Coun­cil, Pete Finkin from Oak Nurs­ery, Ian Bailleef from Friends of the Carrs, He­len Yates from In­cred­i­ble Ed­i­ble and Ge­off Shel­der­mine from Ro­tary

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