Northampton BID plants 4,500 flowers in 10,000 litres of compost to get the town centre blooming for judges

Northampton In Bloom launch'May 2014
Northampton In Bloom launch'May 2014

More than 4,500 flowers have been planted in 10,000 litres of compost and hung, placed and arranged through Northampton town centre’s in the lead up to the Northampton and East Midlands in Bloom competitions.

The Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement Distrct (BID), made up of resident businesses which each pool an annual levy to fund improvements and events throughout the year, has invested £40,000 in Northampton Bloom, funding 230 barrier and hanging baskets as well as 12 free standing three tier planters, all now dotted throughout our town centre streets and hanging above shops, attractions and companies.

Northampton In Bloom

Northampton In Bloom

Behind the scenes more than 50 horticulture students from Moulton College have been working with the BID over the last few months to prepare and plant the thousands of red, white, purple and pink petunias. All displays are now in place, with the watering and maintenance over the coming months also being funded by the BID.

Neil Bartholomey, deputy chairman of the Northampton Town Centre BID, said: “The baskets and planters make a huge difference to the town, creating a better and brighter looking environment – one that people can take pride in and enjoy, whether they are shopping, visiting or doing business.”

In the lead up to Bloom and to help tidy our town centre before the East Midlands in Bloom judges arrive in town the BID is organising a clean-up day on Wednesday, July 2, with businesses invited to get involved.

Robbie Speirs, commercial manager at Moulton College, said: “The lovely spring weather has really brought on this year’s display earlier than in previous years and we are really pleased with how the containers are looking and in particular with the quality of this year’s plants.

“The plants have all been home grown at our garden centre nursery and students have had the unique opportunity of being able to follow a local commercial clients order through from design and costing stages to the ordering, growing, planting and dispatch stages over a number of months.”

Northampton in Bloom is co-ordinated by Northampton Borough Council which provides hundreds of beautiful floral displays across the town with partners from Northampton Town Centre BID, Brackmills BID, Enterprise as well as corporate sponsors, community groups and schools.

Gardeners and grounds men from Enterprise have been working on behalf of Northampton Borough Council to plant and maintain floral displays throughout the year in the town centre, public parks, cemeteries, memorial gardens and green spaces as well as on traffic islands, roadsides and in housing areas. Hundreds of thousands of bedding plants and many more thousands of spring and autumn bulbs have been planted.

Civic displays in the town centre include 190 hanging baskets, 102 half baskets and four large floral planters.