Town back in the pink with flower power

Andy Cowper-Johnson hanging baskets in Spalding.
Andy Cowper-Johnson hanging baskets in Spalding.
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Spalding is starting to bloom again in spite of the cold weather that has delayed the town’s display of hanging baskets.

The first baskets organised by the Spalding In Bloom volunteers went up in The Crescent yesterday (Wednesday) in the pouring rain - with the rest going up next week.

Chairman Coun Angela Newton is delighted to be bringing a splash of colour to the town. She said: “Last year the baskets went up early to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We haven’t been helped by the weather this year, but soon the baskets will be all over town.

“Even though Spalding has now lost its flower festival, the town is still renowned for it.

“People will continue to travel to the area for their good quality flowers and bulbs – and our hanging baskets help to promote this, as well as making the town look vibrant and welcoming.”

Last year Spalding hosted the coveted East Midlands in Bloom competition. The town has won in the past but faces stiff competition from the likes of Holbeach and Long Sutton.

As well as baskets, Spalding In Bloom is also involved in planting up pots, containers and beds around the town.

Coun Newton and Coun Christine Lawton are planning to plant up beds along the river bank near the Spalding Water Taxi embarkation point on Friday.

Residents have said they appreciate all the volunteers’ efforts to improve the town.

Coun Newton said: “When we are out planting and litter picking at weekends, many people say how nice the town looks.”

After last year’s stunning red, white and blue displays to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this year’s colours are pink and mauve.

Baskets cost £40 each and are watered throughout the season by retired horticulturist John Naylor, who supplies them.

Coun Newton said: “We get a grant from South Holland in Bloom, but every year we have to work harder to get sponsors.

“However, this year we have had fantastic help from a local company – Gardman Ltd of Moulton – that has sponsored the hanging baskets at the charity shops.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring a basket can call Coun Newton on 07939559764.