Do your bit to help make the judging route bloom

April 17, 2015

RESIDENTS businesses and groups along the judging route for Tamworth in Bloom 2015 are being urged to do their bit to impress the judges when they visit on Tuesday July 14.

A year of hard work, planning and planting will reach its climax when the Heart of England in Bloom judges take a tour of the borough. Last year, the borough took gold for the fifth year running in the regional Heart of England in Bloom campaign and was awarded silver gilt in the national Britain in Bloom competition.

The two judges will be taken around Tamworth, where they will be shown some of the many fabulous floral displays and community projects which make up this year’s Tamworth in Bloom entry, on the theme Keep the Home Fires Burning.

This year’s campaign continues the commemoration of the First World War and sees Tamworth team up with the Women’s Institute (WI). The WI was founded in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the war and this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign will work with the local WI to mark their centenary.

As part of Tamworth’s partnership with the WI for this year’s In Bloom campaign, there will be a 1915 ‘Bake Off’, with Tamworth cooks challenged to produce a dish from 100 years ago, on the theme of growing and preserving food from that era.

The WI’s own centenary Inspiration rose has been planted in the flower bed near to the bowling green in the Castle Grounds and the garden of rest at St Editha’s Church. The WI will also create a display for the Tourist Information Centre showing their origins and work over the last 100 years.

The judges will begin their tour of Tamworth on July 14 with a short presentation at Tamworth Castle. The judges, along with the organisers of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign, will then be driven in a council Street Scene truck onto Holloway, along Lichfield Street to the Moor Street island, where they will get a view of the raised bedding on the island and the statue of a First World War soldier made entirely of plants.

The tour will then visit Broad Meadow, which has just been officially designated as Tamworth’s sixth Local Nature Reserve and where snake’s head fritillaries grow wild.

The judges will walk around Broad Meadow before being picked up in a limo – kindly donated for the day by sponsors E F Edwards – and taken down Lichfield Street and up Coton Lane to Rawlett School, where they will meet pupils an hear about their planting projects.

The tour will then take in Tamworth Railway Station, Bright Crescent sheltered housing scheme, Tamworth Community Fire Station in Marlborough Way, Ventura Park and Riverdrive, where the judges will be dropped off at the gates to the Castle Grounds.

They will then walk through the Castle Grounds, taking in the wisteria garden, the Jubilee rose garden, bowling green, the award-winning Bandstand flower beds and the newly-refurbished Saxon Man and Torch Man.

The final leg of the tour will see the judges walk along George Street to view the bustling market, through Middle Entry into St Editha’s Square, past the War Memorial and through the churchyard, past the library to the TIC, back through the churchyard and Little Church Lane, before ending up at the Almshouses, where lunch will be served.

Chairman of Tamworth in Bloom, John Garner, said: “We are really looking forward to showing the judges the result of all the hard work, which has been carried out not only by our Street Scene staff, but also by the WI and the many community and voluntary organisations and businesses. We would encourage people throughout the borough – especially those along the judging route – to do their bit to make Tamworth bloom.”   

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk