Spalding’s bid for gold in East Midlands in Bloom is off to a blooming good start with more businesses than ever before agreeing to display hanging baskets.
Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett, one of the In Bloom team steering the project, says Holland Market supermarket Sainsbury’s is on board this year and will take four hanging baskets.
The supermarket has also agreed to spruce up its green areas around the store the week before the judging takes place.
Mr Scarlett hopes Sainsbury’s participation will inspire other Holland Market businesses to follow their example.
Businesses in Pied Calf Yard, including Penman Clocks, Fancy Frox and Sewing Box, are also among newcomers as are Fitzgeralds Beds, Prior’s Oven, Gibbs Shoes and The Lincoln Arms.
Plantifor, based in Enterprise Way, has offered sponsorship for 12 hanging baskets to go up at charity shops in the town – and there’s sponsorship for another three baskets at so far unspecified spots from local fruit and vegetable importers Fesa.
The Crescent will look it’s usual bright, cheerful and colourful self as Sarah Patterson from Adams Property is coordinating the area’s hanging baskets this year.
As well as looking at the town’s main commercial area, the judges will visit Ayscoughfee Gardens and Springfields Retail Outlet.
Spalding residents will also play a key role in the town’s success if they enter the Front Garden Competition.
There’s potential this year for the town to win gold if everyone gets behind the Bloom effort.
Mr Scarlett said: “It’s all down to the judges on the day and this is a very difficult one to call.
“It’s all on one day’s inspection in July and it will be little things that we do. For example this year, Sainsbury’s have said ‘tell us the date when the judges will visit and we will make sure the shrubs we have in the car park area are tidied up the week before’.”
Public participation is key to demonstrate community support as is backing from business, which is why Mr Scarlett is delighted food and flower firms based outside the town centre have weighed in with sponsorship.