THERE’S now less than a week 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.
Judges Nicola Clarke and Roger Tait from the regional Heart of England in Bloom will visit Tamworth next Tuesday (July 14).
This year’s campaign – which has the theme Keep the Home Fires Burning – 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 is working with the local WI to mark their centenary
As part of Tamworth’s partnership with the WI for this year’s In Bloom campaign, a 1915 ‘Bake Off’ was held at the Town Hall last Friday, with Tamworth cooks challenged to produce a dish from 100 years ago on the theme of growing and preserving food from that era.
Eight cooks entered the competition, and the winner was Joan Sealey from Mile Oak, who wowed the judges with her elderflower cordial. She will be recreating her winning entry and serving it up to the judges next Tuesday.
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 at the Community Fire Station in Marlborough Way 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.
Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Housing & Waste Management, 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 – not just those along the judging route – to do their bit to make Tamworth bloom.”