Weston In Bloom to enter the National Britain In Bloom competition!

Weston-Super-Mare has been selected to enter the National Britain in Bloom competition in 2015! This is a great honour for the town. Weston in Bloom has claimed Gold for the past 3 years in the South West regional category and will now be entering the national category.

This will involve 2 judging days, one regional and one national. The regional judging will be taking place between the 8th– 22nd July and national judging takes place between 3rd – 15th August. We will find out our exact day later on in the year! This is an exciting time for the In Bloom group as everyone is beginning the preparation for when the judges arrive.gold 14

Weston in Bloom enters South West in Bloom which “is one of eighteen regional/national competitions that make up Britain in Bloom, the biggest horticultural campaign in Europe. The aim of the communities that take part each year is to improve and regenerate our local environments, through the imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects, and to sweep away the eyesores that blight our streets, such as litter, graffiti and vandalism” (information taken from the South West in Bloom Website)

Weston in Bloom has come a long way since its first meeting in 2003. Burt and Cynthia Filer have been members since the very beginning stating “we would like to say we are absolutely delighted that after 13 years of hard work and dedication Weston in Bloom, through the help of all the volunteers in the past, has now reached the ultimate aim of being selected to enter the National Competition and although there will be a lot of hard work in the coming year are really looking forward to it.”

The chairman of WIB Richard Knowles said “we are delighted to be entering into the nationals and feel privileged to be a part of it”

Weston in Bloom was formed by an initiative from Judy Keisel, who was then the editor of the Weston Mercury. The first meeting was held in 2003 and the first entry into the competition was in 2006. The first project was the model train on Alexandra Parade that was made by local Blacksmith Nathan Bennett. It was paid for by a donation from the Michael Family in memory of their father. From this point, Weston in Bloom began taking on more and more, starting with a boat on the roundabout at the entrance to Weston on the Old Bristol Road.gold 13

They now look after many Hanging Baskets, Flower Tubs, and Beds throughout the town and one of their most famous features… The Donkey and Cart in Worle!

This is an exciting and memorable year for Weston in Bloom and everyone involved is hoping the town will support and help them to achieve another brilliant result.

With this year being the busiest yet for Weston in Bloom many of their features need extra attention and work to prepare them for nationals which is why Weston in Bloom is in urgent need of help! They have many projects spread across the whole town and all of them need maintaining. Volunteers are what helps keep Weston in Bloom running and stay in touch with the community. They are currently in need of more volunteers to help keep this project alive, especially with it being the year of the nationals. Just dedicating a few hours of your week would make a huge difference.

This is a fun project to be involved in and a great way to meet new people. Everyone is welcome!

To register support, people are invited to contact the Community Events and Grounds Administrator on 01934 632575 or email grounds2@wsm-tc.gov.uk, and we will get back to them soon.

Further information on Britain in Bloom nationally is available from http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardening/community-gardening/britain-in-bloom

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