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Ulverston BID is backing a bid by the town’s gardening volunteers to dig deep and win honours in the Cumbria in Bloom competition, while at the same time brightening up our streets.
Members of Ulverston in Bloom know they face a tough challenge to take a top spot in the hard-fought contest and they are appealing for people in the town to get behind their efforts and help where they can with the massive workload involved.
The volunteers have already started tidying up beds in the town centre and there will soon be new tubs and planters appearing there and at North Lonsdale Road and Croftlands to add colour and fragrance for a real feel good factor.
It is several years since the group’s last entry but they feel they are well placed to step back into the ring.
Ulverston in Bloom Chair Kim Farr explains: ” There is always a huge amount of work that goes into competing and we’ve got to get lots of different groups together who can contribute.”
This year’s competition is called ‘Pride In Your Community’ and the judges will be particularly focusing on community gardens, the impact they have on the environment, and the effect on towns. Before the competition is judged in the summer UIB is hoping to involve schools, churches and businesses.
Mrs Farr adds: “Cumbria in Bloom judges will look at what you are doing from a horticultural point of view, but also from an environmental point of view and community perspective. Because of that it’s really important to get as many people involved as we can.”
She highlights the exceptional gardens at Ford Park which continues to improve every year, as well as Lightburn Park with the help of the Friends of Lightburn Park community group.
BID Chair Chris Nelson commented: “The work of the Ulverston in Bloom volunteers has a huge impact on the town. Everyone benefits from having a brighter more colourful town centre – businesses, local people and visitors. The fact that the UIB team will also be working on displays on North Lonsdale Road and in Croftlands was another important factor in awarding them financial support, because it spreads the benefits far beyond the town centre.”
Anyone who wants to help Ulverston in Bloom or wants their garden included in the entry should contact Ulverston Town Council on 01229 585778 or visit the UIB Facebook page to learn more: www.facebook.com/IncredibleEdibleUlverstonInBloom