Community effort to make town bloom

Working in the churchyard: Holbeach In Bloom members (from left) Joyce Bussingham, Christine Smith, Carol Johnson and Tony Walker have already started planting winter pansies.
Working in the churchyard: Holbeach In Bloom members (from left) Joyce Bussingham, Christine Smith, Carol Johnson and Tony Walker have already started planting winter pansies.
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COMMUNITY spirit is being called upon to help make Holbeach bloom for the forthcoming year.

Newly-formed Holbeach in Bloom has revealed its plans for the year ahead in the hope it can top this year’s success in the East Midlands in Bloom awards.

Last week, the group was given unanimous support for its work by Holbeach Parish Council at an extraordinary meeting.

The group will take over the work previously carried out by the now disbanded Pride in Holbeach.

Group member and parish councillor Carol Johnson said: “We have lots of new ideas for the future and are hoping to get more community involvement as this is one area we have struggled with in the past.

“We gained a silver award in the East Midlands in Bloom competition this year and hope that we can may be able to gain a few more points next year in the categories which have previously let us down.

“The competition is not just about floral displays but also about an increase in civic pride through the participation between voluntary groups and residents of the town.”

Coun Johnson said the group has already started building links between one of the local schools and a playgroup.

Another Holbeach in Bloom aim for this year is to “adopt a grot spot” in the town and make it more visually attractive.

Members are also hoping to continue their quest to get all businesses in the High Street to display a hanging basket in summer.

Coun Johnson added: “We are a friendly group who like to have a laugh while getting the job done and are on the lookout for anyone with new ideas.”

Tony Walker has been appointed as Holbeach in Bloom chairman.

The group’s next meeting is at Holbeach United Sports and Social Club at 7pm on Monday.