Ulverston Wins a Bunch of Awards for Cumbria in Bloom 2017

Ulverston in Bloom’s hard working volunteers have brought back a bunch of awards from this year’s Cumbria in Bloom competition.
Ulverston in Bloom chair Kim Farr is pictured (centre) with the awards and two of the leading volunteers, Win Posthlethwaite (right) and Maureen Nicholson.

Ulverston won a Gold Award, Best Sustainable Development Town, The South Lakeland Trophy, The Best Town Trophy and the Best Overall Town and Urban Community Trophy, all thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and with support of many of the town’s businesses and organisations.

Among the awards for individual businesses and organisations, GlaxoSmithKline and St Mary’s Church received the highest accolades for flower and plant displays in their respective categories. Glaxo won Best Industrial Premises and St Mary’s Church won Best Churchyard. Ford Park, Lightburn Park and the Nature Reserve by Canal Foot were also recognised for their contributions, each receiving a certificate of merit at the 2017 awards.

Flashback to July when Cumbria in Bloom judges visited Ulverston and were hugely impressed with St Mary’s Church gardens. St Mary’s Church gardening volunteer George Sharpe (left) chats to (from right) Ulverston in Bloom chair Kim Farr and Cumbria in Bloom judges John Thomson and Mary Wilson.

Ulverston In Bloom Chair Kim Farr was delighted with this year’s achievements at the regional competition and now has her eyes set on Britain in Bloom’s national awards for the town. She said:

“We were delighted with the overwhelming recognition for Ulverston in the Cumbria in Bloom Awards, and we hope to build on this in the future to achieve success in the national competition.”

Kim thanked volunteers for all their hard work planting and maintaining the town’s flowerbeds, as well as the support of Ulverston Business Improvement District and the Town Council, saying:

“The support of the Town Council and Ulverston Business Improvement District has been invaluable, alongside our fabulous volunteers and the whole community getting behind the work. For example, Ulverston BID paid for new planters in the town centre and expanding the scheme with planters at North Lonsdale Road and Croftlands which are hugely appreciated by local residents.”

She also acknowledged the support of businesses and individuals for Ulverston in Bloom, including Siemens, Steve Martin Associates, Cllr Janette Jenkinson, Furness Building Society, The Sun Inn, local licensee Roger Chattaway, plant nurseries and the Tithe Barn, with its generous donation of 1500 plants to the town.

Ulverston entered the ‘Pride in Your Community Awards’ at this year’s Cumbria in Bloom competition, which awarded points for community engagement, diversity and heritage in addition to the flower and plant displays. Ulverston’s success was in a large part recognition of the help and support that Ulverston in Bloom has received from individuals and local businesses in the town.

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