Bloom team put flower power into springtime

Spalding in Bloom representatives Christine Lawton (left) and Angela Newton receiving the East Midlands in Bloom gold award last year from Nigel Fox, managing director of Amethyst Horticulture of Kent.
Spalding in Bloom representatives Christine Lawton (left) and Angela Newton receiving the East Midlands in Bloom gold award last year from Nigel Fox, managing director of Amethyst Horticulture of Kent.
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Spalding in Bloom are adding flower power to springtime while launching their 2017 campaign to win a fourth consecutive East Midlands in Bloom gold.

The group’s chairman, Coun Angela Newton, and fellow 
volunteer Gunita Sele have been busy planting up troughs with spring flowers in Swan Walk and will soon switch their 
attention to the flower tubs near High Bridge.

While flashes of floral colour add to the joys of spring, the main focus is on the summer displays when Spalding must look its spectacular best.

This week Coun Newton – and colleagues Coun Christine Lawton and Pete Williams – will visit town businesses to encourage them to display hanging baskets throughout the summer.

Gunita Sele will visit Eastern European businesses to see if they will also sponsor baskets or tubs.

Coun Newton said it would be wonderful to have East European businesses on board and to see more town centre businesses join in.

She said: “The Crescent traders, the little independents, do a wonderful job but there are always comments from the judges that we are very short of baskets in the town centre.

“The cost of sponsoring a hanging basket for the season is £40.

“Baskets will be supplied at the end of May, filled with plants and we arrange watering throughout the flowering season.

“If people do not presently have a wall bracket for a basket, Spalding In Bloom can arrange to have them fitted free of charge.”

Spalding in Bloom are a small but perfectly formed team of a dozen people and rely on the support of businesses – by taking baskets or providing sponsorship – and volunteers to help out with things like 
litter picks.

The group have enjoyed strong support from Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce and companies like FESA, Plantifor and Kerry Foods, which have enabled projects such as charity shops having hanging baskets.

Spin-offs from Spalding in Bloom’s work have seen the transformation of gardens at Spalding Railway Station and also an area between the Sainsbury’s filling station and store on Holland Market.

• Businesses that want to display a summer basket or volunteers who could help with occasional litter pick can call Coun Newton on 07939 559764 or email anewton@sholland.gov.uk