Four members of the Congleton in Bloom team are heading to Birmingham on Friday (14 Oct) to learn the results of the national Britain in Bloom finals.
Congleton represented the North West in the highly competitive large town category, which is open to towns with a population of 12,001 to 35,000. The town was highly praised over the summer by residents and visitors for its exceptional floral displays, roundabouts, park and general cleanliness. Now the group is anxious to know what the judges made of the town when compared with other winning towns across the UK.
Town Mayor, Cllr David Brown, who also chairs the In Bloom group said: “Congleton is in a tough category with the likes of Perth in Scotland, Ryde in the Isle of Wight, Coleraine in North Ireland, Colwyn Bay, Farnham, Market Harborough and four others. We all think that the town looked great this summer and we are looking forward to getting the judges feedback and meeting fellow in bloomers from across the UK! “
Congleton in Bloom efforts were greatly underpinned by local businesses and organisations in 2016. Roundabout sponsorship and hanging basket purchases bought in £10,330 to help fund the project. The roundabouts were sponsored by Victoria Beds, Morrisons, Prism Total IT Solutions and Seddon Homes.
More than 260 hanging baskets were purchased and displayed by local shops and businesses. The William Dean Trust, Young People’s Trust, Congleton Partnership and Congleton Inclosure Trust supported projects which greatly benefitted the In Bloom efforts. Burns Garage sprayed the orange bikes free of charge while Belmont Engineering donated time and skills to create the bike sculptures on Park Lane Roundabout. Volunteers donated hundreds of hours of time. It really was a massive community-wide effort supported and underpinned by the Town Council and Streestscape staff.
The town will get the results of the Community Pride Awards on Thursday 13th October, the National Britain in Bloom Awards on Friday 14th October and the North West in Bloom awards on Friday 28th October. The It’s Your Neighbourhoods will get their awards on Thursday 27th October – for Congleton this includes Bromley Farm, Buglawton in Bloom, Hillary Avenue Allotments, the Bath House and Physic Garden, New Life Church Jubilee Club and Heathview Care Home. The North West Business in Bloom awards are also on the 28th October and we hope that the Queens Head, Alexandra Court Hotel and Astbury Mere Care Home are all successful in their respective categories.