Memorial garden and fire engine help Northampton to East Midlands in Bloom award

The Mounts Fire Station - Fire engine decorated with flowers for East Midlands in Bloom
The Mounts Fire Station - Fire engine decorated with flowers for East Midlands in Bloom

Northampton has won a Silver Gilt award in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition, it has been announced today.

The themes for this year’s Northampton entry were ‘Colourful Northampton’ and ‘Remembrance’, and the local competition was launched in March in the Garden of

Remembrance at Abington Square as part of the town’s commemoration of the anniversary of World War One.

Since the spring, thousands of plants – carefully tended by students from Moulton College - in barrier troughs, hanging baskets and planters have brought colour and life to the town.

And local people and organisations have also been taking part in Northampton’s own, local competition, with categories for school gardens, residential gardens,

community projects and commercial and retail premises.

The fire service also took part, with flowers planted in a historic fire engine at The Mounts station.

The results of the local competition will be announced next month.

Councillor Alan Bottwood, said that Northampton’s continuing high achievement in the competition is a tribute to the enthusiasm of local community groups, businesses, schools and residents, who work with the council to improve the town’s environment.

Councillor Bottwood said: “Taking part in the Bloom competition really brings communities together with the common purpose of creating a beautiful and welcoming environment in the town.

“The planters and baskets lift the spirits and have looked splendid all summer long.

“It’s great to be able to celebrate our continued success in the regional Bloom awards and I value the partnership that keeps bringing people together to achieve

this success. My thanks go to everyone who has been involved.”

Northampton in Bloom is co-ordinated by Northampton Borough Council which provides hundreds of floral displays across the town with partners from

Northampton Town Centre BID, Brackmills BID and Enterprise as well as community groups and schools.

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