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Blooming Bloxwich could be a winner

Experts from the Royal Horticultural Society continued their tour of Walsall’s five district centres last Wednesday as part of this year’s ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ competition.

This time, Bloxwich and Brownhills were put under the horticultural spotlight, to see if they will go forward to the next stages of the national event.

Before the official walkabout started, judges Graham Redfern and Trish Willetts were joined in the Promenade Gardens, at the northern end of Bloxwich High Street, Walsall’s Mayor, Councillor Kath Phillips and Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, portfolio holder for community, leisure and culture.  Both councillors represent Bloxwich East. Local volunteers also joined them on their inspection tour, as well as the youngest gardener of them all – Councillor Fitzpatrick’s

Local volunteers from groups including the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, St Giles Walsall Hospice and the new Bloxwich Carnival Queen plus Council staff also joined them on their inspection tour, as well as the youngest gardener of them all – Councillor Fitzpatrick’s one-year-old grandson.

Ready to rock!

Bloxwich and Brownhills were well prepared though, and with the help of local volunteers, businesses and school children – did their towns proud.

The earlier and dedicated planting, pruning and watering schedule meant that the judges were greeted and treated to a truly groomed and colour splashed landscape, which has been the subject of much comment locally.   All five of this year’s entries are competing in the Urban Community Category and were co-ordinated by Walsall Council’s district centre management team.

Local pride

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick said “The Mayor and I were very proud to escort the Royal Horticultural Society judges. All the hard work that went into the tour was very much in evidence as Bloxwich and Brownhills were absolutely blooming and brilliant.

“Results like this don’t happen overnight – it takes real community planning, commitment and structure and underlines the importance we place on raising the profile of the five district centres.   I’m sure the Royal Horticultural Society was impressed by the large scale planting projects that we have in place and the infectious team spirit that was out yesterday in spades!”

Judging

The Heart of England in Bloom competition annually attracts over 1,350 entries from small villages to large cities. If successful the five district centres could go forward into the national Britain in Bloom event.

This year’s Judges will be looking at three main categories which are

  • Horticultural achievement
  • Environmental awareness
  • Community involvement.

The Heart of England Regional Awards Ceremony will take place in Aldridge on 15 September 2016 at the Church Rooms Aldridge Green.

Blooming Bloxwich collects Silver Gilt award!

Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council and Emma Harewood, Chair of Bloxwich Business Partnership, at Kings Heath Park to collect the award (courtesy Niki Rolls).
Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council and Emma Harewood, Chair of Bloxwich Business Partnership, at Kings Heath Park to collect the award (courtesy Nikki Rolls).

Bloxwich and other places across Walsall borough can hold their heads high after Heart of England in Bloom presented Gold, Silver-Gilt and Silver awards to five of the borough’s district centres.

Bloxwich won a Silver-Gilt award, a massive improvement since last year’s contest, which saw the village collecting a well-deserved Bronze.

Particularly noted by Bloxwich residents this year has been the massive amount of effort put in by Nikki Rolls, Walsall Council’s Regeneration Assistant for Bloxwich and partners Bloxwich Business Partnership, Bloxwich Councillors and members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix amongst others.

The Heart of England In Bloom judges were particularly impressed by this year’s Gold-winning Aldridge entry and have invited Aldridge to represent the Heart of England region in  the national Britain in Bloom awards in 2013 in the Urban Community category.

Darlaston and Willenhall also won worthy silver awards.

Additional success saw Economic Regeneration Officer, Antonia Pompa, receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition for her work in Aldridge and Brownhills.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, portfolio holder for Regeneration with Walsall Council Coalition, said: “Everyone benefits from cleaner, safer, greener communities, socially, environmentally and economically.

“These awards encourage a sense of ownership and community renewal, they build civic pride in sustaining places where people want to live.

“We are very proud of our district centres and this success and recognition shows the commitment we as a council have invested to raise their profiles.

“There is a lot of hard work which takes place all-year round so residents can feel proud of the communities they live in and visitors will be stimulated by their experience of each district centre.”

In preparing for this year’s competition, an army or organised volunteers worked for hundreds of hours across the five district centres.

“Recruiting so many volunteers, all representing the great and good of Walsall, was a productive way of engaging the community and local businesses for In-Bloom 2012,” added Cllr Andrew.

“All in all Walsall can be very proud of this recognition. My thanks go to all the businesses, community organisations and members of the local community who made this happen. We can all reap the benefits of their efforts.”

Regeneration Officer, Diane Mansell, on bealf of the Council’s District Centre Management Team, said: “These awards are testament to the enormous amount of hard work put in by volunteers and community groups in all of our district centres.

“This shows what can be achieved by a genuine partnership between local people, community groups and the council. We are enormously grateful to all the In Bloom volunteers for their tireless support and enthusiasm.”

Needless to say, Bloxwich will be aiming for the top of the tree next year!

Judges comments on Bloxwich’s entry may be read via the following link:

http://docs.com/NZ4N

Bloxwich Business Partnership’s Facebook page is here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloxwich-Town-Centre/141091302605068

Can YOU help Bloxwich Bloom before Judgement Day?

Bloxwich is bloomin bostin!

Judgement Day for ‘Bloxwich in Bloom’ is rapidly approaching, and with contest officials lined up to arrive on Monday 9 July Bloxwich Town Centre Management are appealing for community-minded members of the public and local traders to take part in two up-coming volunteer planting days to help make Bloxwich look Bloomin’ Bostin before they get here!

Success in the annual event, which the town took part in for the first time last year, depends on the centre of Bloxwich looking at its very best, and with all the new flower-filled planters, hanging baskets and flower beds all along High Street and in Promenade Gardens this year, Bloxwich will soon be all set – with local people’s help – to beat last year’s Bronze medal performance in Olympic style!

It's baskets and blooms along the High Street!
It’s baskets and blooms along the High Street!

Pre-planned planting days will take place this Sunday 24 June and again on Sunday 8 July from 12 noon, and weeding, dead-heading the flowers and watering will be the order of the day to ensure the constant flowering of all the plants already in place.

New Diamond Jubilee flower beds await the judges scrutiny...
New Diamond Jubilee flower beds await the judges scrutiny…

Nikki Rolls, Walsall Council’s Regeneration Officer for Bloxwich, who is organising the preparations, said:

“We desperately need your help! If you have a spare hour and would like to support this campaign please come along and meet me by the fountain in Promenade Gardens, High Street from midday on either or both days if you can make it.

“If you have a watering can and a garden fork and trowel please can you bring them too as we only have a small stock of gardening tools.

“I will upload any photos taken of your support on our Facebook Page Bloxwich Town Centre afterwards for all to see of the good work we are doing – and I hope to see you there!”

A flyer is downloadable by clicking on the image below, for further information:

Bloxwich Community Planting Day Flyer
Bloxwich Community Planting Day Flyer