There are now just three weeks to go until the Heart of England In Bloom judges arrive to cast their eyes over Tamworth’s fabulous floral displays, community projects and wildlife habitats.
Two judges from the regional Heart of England In Bloom will visit Tamworth on Tuesday July 15 – and residents, businesses and groups along the judging route are being urged to help make the borough look its best.
This year’s entry will be a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, and will be titled Tamworth In Bloom – Lest We Forget.
The judging route will start at the Alms Houses, where there will be a short presentation. The judges will then walk through Little Church Lane and up to the War Memorial through the churchyard, through to the Assembly Rooms car park, where the ambitious plans for Tamworth Assembly Rooms and the wider Creative Quarter will be outlined.
They will then walk to the Philip Dix Centre, through the old Drill Hall entrance and through to the Tamworth Information Centre.
They will be picked up from the TIC car park in a limo – kindly donated for the day by sponsor E F Edwards – and driven along Lichfield Street to the Moor Street island, where the three raised beds will be planted with displays commemorating WW1.
The tour will then take in Ventura Park, Bright Crescent sheltered housing scheme, Tamworth Community Fire Station and community garden, Hodge Lane Nature Reserve, Amington Green, Amington Cemetery and the War Memorial, which is currently undergoing restoration.
The judges will then be taken along Amington Road and back along River Drive, where they will be dropped off at the black gates to the Castle Grounds.
The judging party will then walk up through the Castle Grounds, taking in the wisteria garden, Jubilee rose garden, the award-winning Bandstand flower beds and the newly-refurbished Saxon Man and Torch Man. They will then cross The Dig to the historic Town Hall before returning to the Castle.
Tamworth is hoping to impress the judges to take gold in the Heart of England regional campaign for the fifth year running.
But the borough won’t be able to relax and enjoy the rest of the summer after the visit on July 15 – as on Friday August 1, national eyes will be on the borough when national judges pay a visit, as Tamworth represents the Heart of England region in the Small City category of the Britain In Bloom competition.
They will be taken on the same judging route as the regional judges and will be looking at the same displays and projects.
This is Tamworth’s first-ever appearance in the national competition, where the borough will be up against entries from Bath, Bracknell, Chorley, Crawley, Derry City, Harrogate and Loughborough.
Tamworth In Bloom chairman, John Garner, said: “Tamworth In Bloom is not just about the judging day – it is the culmination of a year of hard work. This year, we have two chances to show off all the work which is being done in Tamworth, by the many community and voluntary organisations, businesses and our own staff.”
“We would encourage people throughout the borough – especially those along the judging route – to do their bit to make Tamworth bloom.”