Northampton residents are being encouraged to support the town’s bid to bloom again in 2013.
Businesses, schools and community groups are being asked to help repeat the town’s success of 2012, when it won silver gilt in the East Midlands in Bloom competition and silver in the national finals.
Hundreds of floral displays were installed in the town centre, parks and gateways into Northampton, while hanging baskets and containers also lined many of the town’s streets.
Planning for Northampton’s 2013 Bloom medal bid has now begun. As well as competing in East Midlands in Bloom, Northampton will take part in Bloom’s International Challenge which involves winners from a variety of national competitions from around the world.
Northampton BID will cover the costs of taking part in the international competition.
Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm), leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Bloom is about getting people together to make our town a more beautiful place to live, work and visit.
“Businesses, community groups and individuals have been amazing in the past and have all done their bit to create some beautiful flower displays. Flowers make a real difference and help brighten up the town, so I do hope we can all pull together again for 2013.”
Richard Clinton, director of Northampton BID, said: “We are extremely pleased to once again support the efforts of all the partners, in continuing to achieve a fantastic Northampton in Bloom.
“Building on from last year’s success; this year we endeavour to take Northampton in Bloom to an international stage, competing in the Communities in Bloom national competition. With the efforts of all partners we are sure to create a magnificent environment for those that shop, eat, work and play in Northampton.”