Residents, community groups, businesses and schools are being encouraged to enter the town’s 2014 Northampton in Bloom competition which is being officially launched on Friday at Abington Park.
With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI and the 825th anniversary of the granting of Northampton’s Charter by Richard I in 1189, the theme chosen for Northampton in Bloom is ‘remembrance and celebration’. In keeping with this, members of the Northampton Bloom Planning Committee have arranged to plant a special remembrance rose in Abington Park’s rose garden to launch this year’s competition.
The Friends of Abington Park, Choices gardening group, local businesses and volunteer gardener from St Peter and St Paul’s Church will attend the launch, along with BBC Radio Northampton’s gardening expert Johnnie Amos and the mayor of Northampton.
Everyone involved in the launch is keen for more local people, community groups and businesses to enter Northampton in Bloom in 2014. Categories for the competition are school gardens, residential gardens, commercial/retail premises and allotments, and there is still plenty of time to enter.
Councillor Mike Hallam, chair of Northampton Bloom Planning Committee and Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for the environment, said: “We will be planting a special rose of remembrance to officially launch Northampton in Bloom 2014. We have already planted lots of poppies all around the town which will be beautiful when they bloom.
“Without question, bloom brings communities together and everyone involved does such a great job. This year the town is going to look fantastic and I very much hope we will get lots of new entrants in the Northampton competition. I also hope people will be able to join us for the official launch on Friday, all are welcome.”
The closing date for Northampton in Bloom entries is 30 June. Entry forms are available from Sue Ousley on 01604 837357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively for more information and to see bloom in pictures visit www.northampton.gov.uk/northampton-in-bloom.