Bourne is blooming thanks to hard work

BOURNE town centre is already blooming – thanks to a group of volunteers.

Judging for the East Midlands in Bloom competition is not until July, but keeping the town looking attractive is something that is a high priority all year round.

The Rotary Club of Bourne has just held two litter picks in the town and collected more than 23 bags of rubbish.

In addition, sponsored planters are already filled with spring flowers, thanks to the work of town council’s Bourne in Bloom volunteers.

Town clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “We would like to thank the Rotary Club members and volunteers for organising the litter picks. Collecting all those bags of rubbish is a huge achievement – where does it all come from?”

Bourne first entered East Midlands in Bloom in 2006 and straight away scooped a Silver Award, which was repeated in 2007. From 2008, the town achieved a Silver Gilt Award with the points increasing every year. Last year it received a special judges’ award for Wellhead Garden.

In addition, it won achieved the T&D Randall’s Waste Systems Award for the ‘Least Littered Environment’ in 2009 (in the East Midlands).

Children have also been encouraged to get involved. In 2010, Bourne Westfield Primary School entered the Best School Garden competition and was the clear winner out of 30 entries.

Nelly said: “We seen some big improvements over the years with the floral displays – and there is certainly less litter.

“But it’s about more than that. It encourages community pride and awareness of the environment and brings people together.”

If you would like to help the volunteers get ready for the East Midlands In Bloom entry in April, or just get involved in keeping the town looking tidy, call Nelly or her assistant, Fiona Barker, on 01778 426123 or email clerk.bournetc@btconnect.com