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Borough in Bloom

Published on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018

In response to popular demand, the Council is pleased to announce Borough in Bloom, a special flower bed competition for 2019 that will bring even more colour to our beautiful towns.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Deputy Leader of the Council at Bedworth Miners Welfare Park

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Deputy Leader of the Council at Bedworth Miners Welfare Park

The competition will be launched later in the summer, with community groups, schools and businesses being invited to take over a flower bed and submit proposals for bed and wild flower planting. We’ll be looking for some inspirational ideas to supply colour, beauty and drama to our town centres and other designated areas during this very special year - the bicentenary of George Eliot’s birth.

Training will be provided from Glendale Ltd, the Borough Council’s grounds maintenance contractor and the Council will provide support too. This is a superb opportunity for local organisations to increase their profile and take advantage of the international interest in George Eliot, amplified, of course, by neighbouring Coventry’s City of Culture plans for 2021.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Arts, Leisure and Economic Development said:

“Residents are calling for more town centre floral displays, but unfortunately there just isn’t the money, so we’ve had to be innovative.

“This competition gives us the opportunity to provide displays with the support of the community. We all want our towns to look beautiful and working together we can make that happen!

“This is a chance for community groups, schools and businesses to get creative and really make a statement during this special anniversary year and as part of the build up to Coventry’s City of Culture celebrations.

“The competition gives school children the opportunity to learn all about wildflowers and the wildlife they support; for community groups and local businesses it is the chance to produce their own floral displays in our town centres.  I’m sure that allotment associations flower clubs and sporting and resident groups will all be keen to get involved. This is the opportunity for groups to contribute to the beauty of our towns at this very special time of celebration.”

There will be funding for the purchase of the flowers available to successful bidders; all we ask is they take charge of beds and planters from the end of the spring season 2019, with the display and competition taking place in August 2019.