Wisbech Town Council doubles its In Bloom grant to £5,000 to fill gap left by Fenland Council
Wisbech Town Council has agreed to double its grant funding to the town's award-winning In Bloom team.
The decision at the monthly meeting means the council will now be providing funding of £5,000 a year, up from £2,500, towards the cost of activities undertaken by the Wisbech in Bloom volunteers.
The primary reason for the unanimous decision was to provide funding so that the team is able, in future years, to meet the cost of the winter planting of areas of the town which had been undertaken, until this year, by Fenland District Council.
The lack of such planting in the future would impact upon the ability to win future Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom Awards. The voluntary work the In Bloom team carry out make Wisbech a place for people to be proud of, and it is hoped the extra funding will enable them to maintain their high Gold standards.
Councillor Sam Hoy, council leader, said: “The success of the Wisbech in Bloom team over more than a decade is well known; its achievements in this year’s Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom Awards have been outstanding.
"The work undertaken by this team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers is a credit to the town of Wisbech and it is a 'no brainer' for the town council to wish to support the team in whatever ways that it can”.
"Providing this additional funding is one way the council is able to support Wisbech in Bloom and I am sure those people who live in Wisbech, work in Wisbech or visit Wisbech will consider this to be money well spent."