Blossoming partnership for 2012 campaign

Brian Massingham and Richard Smith cutting the ribbon to open the new home of Anglia in Bloom'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
Brian Massingham and Richard Smith cutting the ribbon to open the new home of Anglia in Bloom'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
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WISBECH In Bloom volunteers, representatives from the Town Council, Fenland Council and sponsors, gathered at Smith’s Farm Shop at Cromwell Road on Friday to launch their 2012 Anglia in Bloom campaign and mark the opening of their new growing facilities.

For many years, In Bloom has used greenhouses at the College of West Anglia horticultural station to grow plants and make the hanging baskets.

Course changes mean this is no longer possible and businessman Richard Smith has stepped in to help.

Brian Massingham, In Bloom chairman, said: “We are very grateful for the use of the facilities at the college over the years, however, the future has become increasingly uncertain and we have been looking for an alternative site for some time. We were over the moon when Mr Smith heard of our plight and offered us space at his farm shop.”

Volunteers have put up two 50 feet-long poly tunnels and connected a water supply. The framework was provided by Mr Smith and the rest of the materials were bought with funding from the Town Council.

Said Mr Smith: “As a Wisbech-based grower and retailer I am pleased to be able to help the team.”

The team hope to bag their fifth consecutive gold award and retain the award for the region’s Best Large Town.

• To volunteer or offer sponsorship call Brian on 01945-461618 or Penny on 01945-581208.