Wisbech will be growing for gold this summer in a bid to scoop Anglia in Bloom’s top award for the eighth year in a row.
The Wisbech in Bloom volunteers officially launched their campaign for the 2015 contest last week – and have set their sights on achieving yet another Gold Award for the town.
To mark the launch, the team gathered at Delamore Young Plants in Wisbech St Mary on Wednesday to collect thousands of plug plants for the hanging baskets and containers which will brighten up every corner of the town centre this summer.
Over the coming weeks, the volunteers will be potting on the plants and growing them ready for planting, before the Anglia in Bloom judges visit the town in July.
It is the fourth consecutive year Delamore has supported the Wisbech in Bloom campaign, and managing director Wayne Eady said he was proud to do so.
He said: “Despite limited resources, the Wisbech in Bloom volunteers have made a massive contribution to the town.
“They have worked tirelessly to provide beautiful features in the town that provide joy to residents, visitors and the local community.
“As a rural town and community, people of Fenland should be proud of their growing heritage and the work that the volunteers does highlights the area’s long-standing roots of success.”
Wisbech in Bloom chairman Brian Massingham said: “It is great to be able to showcase quality locally grown plants in our floral displays.”
He continued: “This year we will be aiming for our eighth consecutive Gold Award in the Anglia in Bloom competition and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and supporters who make this possible, in particular Smiths Farm Shop, Peter Wards Nursery, Street Pride volunteers, Wisbech Town Council and Fenland District Council, which is responsible for Wisbech Park and St Peter’s Church Gardens.”
The annual Anglia in Bloom contest, which rewards neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities who make their environments a better place to live and work, got underway last month.
Brian Thornton, Anglia in Bloom president, said: “We don’t know what 2015 has in store for us, but what we do know is that a successful organisation is one that doesn’t let the grass grow under its feet and we pride ourselves on the fact we are progressive and listen to everything communities have to say.”