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Holbeach will be blooming thanks to baskets

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A big community effort has ensured Holbeach will still be full of floral displays this year.

Holbeach in Bloom had decided not to continue its work - prompting fears the town would lose its colourful floral features.

County and district councillor Tracey Carter and deputy district leader Nick Worth teamed up with parish councillor Rachel Flood to ensure tradition continues.

Coun Nick Worth, Coun Tracey Carter, Flamingo Flowers Peter Hicks and Rachel Flood with volunteers (57180474)
Coun Nick Worth, Coun Tracey Carter, Flamingo Flowers Peter Hicks and Rachel Flood with volunteers (57180474)

Coun Carter said: “Its been quite a challenging journey to get to the point of them happening as we were starting from scratch, not having any funds to rely on from previous years nor even having any baskets or premises to plant them in, but we have overcome the hurdles and delighted that baskets will be up.”

The district council has paid for new baskets through the Town Improvement Fund - and Flamingo Flowers helped source, store and plant the displays which have been sponsored by businesses.

Coun Carter added: “They have been a saviour. The project would not have been able to go ahead this year without them doing what they have done.

“We are immensely grateful to Peter Hicks and the team at Flamingo Flowers.”

Rachel, an ex Holbeach in Bloom member, said: “The impact for the town of it looking so nice is evident. It makes such a difference.”

Volunteers helped with planting and Holbeach Fire Station has also offered its support - giving its time for free to help with watering and upkeep.

Watch manager John Kinder said: “It is a fabulous opportunity for the station and crew to be part of such a great community project.

“I was proud of my team to immediately offer their time for free and to take on the watering task. It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to raise much needed funds to support the Fire Fighters Charity”.

EGM Insurance Brokers also provided the additional insurance cover needed for the project’s volunteers.

Coun Worth said: “Its been quite a journey, but I am delighted we have reached our goal. The baskets, as well as the other planting in the town looks stunning and will support the town businesses. Something we are all very passionate about.”

Coun Carter added: “I think it shows the strength of Holbeach yet again, that between us we can all make these positive things happen for the town.

“By various parties taking on smaller sections, all working together, Holbeach is blooming again.”

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