THERE is less than a week to go until the Heart of England in Bloom judges arrive to view Tamworth’s fabulous floral displays, community projects and wildlife habitats.
Judges will visit Tamworth on Tuesday July 18 – as they take a tour of the town. The route will reveal the year of hard work, planning and planting by Tamworth Borough Council, residents, businesses and groups.
Tamworth is flourishing with colour in the hope that the borough will take gold for the eighth year running, in the regional Heart of England in Bloom campaign.
This year’s campaign theme – ‘Mercian 10 – the Heart of England’s Infantry’, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Mercian Regiment, marking a decade since the regiment was first formed in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
The Moor Street traffic island at the end of Lichfield Street is proudly displaying the Mercian Regiment Crest as well as the welcome return of the newly-refurbished statue of a First World War soldier made entirely of plants.
The town’s other popular 3D floral figures have also been refurbished; the running man in the Castle Grounds is now back on display and the Saxon soldier will be returned this week to the bottom of the castle. All replanting work has been completed again by the R C Smith nursery in Mancetter.
The larger-than-life-size figures have become well-known to residents and visitors of Tamworth, forming a key part of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign.
Tamworth in Bloom Champion, Cllr Joy Goodall, said: “I am delighted with how marvellous the borough is looking. The community have worked so hard and have really made Tamworth stand out and look stunning.
“Our Castle Grounds attract hundreds of people and I’m very proud of the feedback we receive. Residents and visitors really enjoy the results of the hard work and planning put in to our displays and floral figures. I’m sure the judges will be wowed again this year.”
Don’t forget we still have our resident and sheltered housing garden competitions running during the ‘in Bloom’ campaign. The closing date for entries to both competitions is 12 noon on Monday July 31st. To enter just take a picture of your garden and either email it to Garden Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a copy in to reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street.