Members of the Bourne community are working hard together as they go for gold in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition.
Many individuals and community groups have given up their time to make the town look as beautiful as possible ahead of the judging in July.
Town clerk Nelly Jacobs thanked all those who have so far lent a hand. She said: “Huge thanks to all of those volunteers; some of them are well known to the council and there are others that we are aware of but have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.”
Among those who have helped so far are Debbie Cooke, from Creative Garden Design. Debbie has already given up many hours during the autumn and winter designing and planting the flower bed near the former public toilet in South Street. Nelly said: “Debbie has given us many hours of her personal time on a voluntary basis and she should be very proud of what she has achieved with this dilapidated site.”
Debbie’s work is sponsored by the Len Pick Trust.
Volunteer litter pickers have spent time clearing the streets and open spaces of rubbish. Nelly said: “Even though the situation has improved greatly we are still amazed at how much litter and items of fly tipping are being retrieved.”
The town clerk also thanked community cleaner Dave Atter, who works for both South Kesteven District Council and the town council.
She said: “This is a good example where volunteers, the community cleaner and the two councils work together for the benefit of the community.”
There is still plenty of work to be done ahead of the judges’ visit. The sponsored planters at the edge of town will return, and most companies involved last year have shown an interest in taking part once more. Subsidised hanging baskets will be offered to town centre businesses.
Nelly added: “The efforts of the various bodies that have committed to the ‘Adopt a Planter’ scheme within the town centre is really appreciated and everybody is able to enjoy the fruit of their hard work. There are still a few planters free for adoption.”
And the town council has opened up discussion with Lincolnshire County Council about the possibility of adopting roundabouts.
Bourne has won a silver gilt award for the last three years. Special awards have also gone to the Willoughby School and Bourne Community Orchard.
To get involved through sponsorship or volunteering call Nelly on 01778 426123.
Front page photograph courtesy of Rex Needle