Silver service as South Holland In Bloom turns 25

South Holland in Bloom chairman Martin Howard (back left) with members Coun Pete Williams, Graham Rudkin, (front) Gill Lunn, Helen Kempton, Coun Joanne Reynolds and Kay Jenkinson.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
South Holland in Bloom chairman Martin Howard (back left) with members Coun Pete Williams, Graham Rudkin, (front) Gill Lunn, Helen Kempton, Coun Joanne Reynolds and Kay Jenkinson. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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People dedicated to making their neighbourhoods brighter have been recognised at an event in Spalding on Thursday.

Volunteers from In Bloom groups across South Holland met to celebrate 25 years of planting, watering and litter picking at the district council offices in Priory Road.

Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham and Carol Rudkin, Alastair Ruskin, University Academy Holbeach principal Steve Baragwanath, Alan Walsham, Rachel Flood, (front) Casey Lenton, Steve Johnson and Coun Martin Howard.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham and Carol Rudkin, Alastair Ruskin, University Academy Holbeach principal Steve Baragwanath, Alan Walsham, Rachel Flood, (front) Casey Lenton, Steve Johnson and Coun Martin Howard. Photo by Tim Wilson.

But an appeal for more volunteers has been made just a week after the passing of Spalding in Bloom grower John Naylor who died on February 19, aged 74.

South Holland in Bloom chairman Martin Howard said: “We’ve been on the go for 25 years and to celebrate that, we anticipate doing something with every town and village in the district this year.

“We hope to get all the In Bloom groups together to set out a plan for the next 12 months.

“Without the army of workers who do the jobs in the summer and make our towns and villages look nice, we’d be lost as there are a lot of people who go out of their way to help.

Without the army of workers who do the jobs in the summer and make our towns and villages look nice, we’d be lost

South Holland in Bloom chairman Martin Howard

“We’re a bit short of volunteers at the moment which is why everyone should know about the work people do.”

To find out more, call Martin on 01406 422825 or howardowlman@aol.com

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Long Sutton in Bloom volunteers in the shadows of St Mary's Church and graveyard.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Long Sutton in Bloom volunteers in the shadows of St Mary's Church and graveyard. Photo by Tim Wilson.