I would like to take the opportunity to thank the many volunteers who have helped Spalding and our South Holland villages to bloom again this year.
Our major towns and villages all have voluntary groups who donate many hours of their time setting bulbs and plants, making hanging baskets and cultivating flower beds.
In addition a large amount of time is spent weeding tubs, set pieces and, perhaps most importantly, removing grass and weeds around street furniture and from pavements and gutters.
We are also indebted to litter pick fairies who are regularly out and about when others are fast asleep.
And these dedicated volunteers are often not connected to the Council in any way.
They are people from their respective communities who are very proud of their areas and want to do their bit to make it a better place to live and work.
Regular participants are Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Donington, Crowland and Spalding In Bloom Groups.
Last Friday, Spalding was visited by judges from the East Midlands In Bloom competition and the local papers and Tulip Radio did their bit by asking businesses and residents to remove weeds and litter from outside their premises.
If this was done regularly by all concerned then Spalding and the rest of South Holland would be a fantastic place to live.
I hesitate to name names of individuals who gave wonderful support because you always miss someone out.
That said, I should mention a group of young people from the National Citizen Service, under the guidance of Jan Whitbourn at Tulip Radio, who joined in all week cleaning up areas along the route.
The young people also managed to run a tombola stall (by kind permission of Sainsbury’s) and sold flowers, raising £461.24 for Spalding In Bloom 2015.
Without the work of Spalding In Bloom volunteers, and Bloom volunteers in parts of South Holland, our District would be a much poorer place. Well done to you all.