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Boston launches 2013 in-bloom glory bid

Seeds are being sown to propel Boston to more in-bloom glory in 2013.

After silver success last year - the first year that the town had entered the Britain in Bloom competition - organisers have a multi-pronged plan of action... but they need your help.

They want to hear from anyone with horticultural or garden design expertise and training to help design new features. If you want to volunteer please contact Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's partnerships and sustainability manager, on 01205 314225 or, if you prefer, email him at ian.farmer@boston.gov.uk for more details.

Town centre businesses are also going to be encouraged to join in and will be receiving a letter from the Boston-in-Bloom steering group asking for support.

The 2013 judging route will focus much more on the town centre and businesses will be asked to join those who backed the bid in 2012 and do their bit for the 2013 campaign by planting flowers and ensuring their premises and frontages look tidy and attractive. They will be asked to consider joining the Boston BID hanging basket scheme.

Boston-in-Bloom steering group chairman, Niall Armstrong, who is Boston BID manager, said: "Those towns and cities which do well in Britain in Bloom have reaped the benefit in terms of attracting additional shoppers and visitors, so there is a direct financial benefit to shops and businesses which become involved. There is also evidence to show local people take a greater pride in their areas when the In-Bloom campaign is effective."

Businesses can also help the campaign in other practical ways:

Contact Niall on 01205 358800 or email niall@bostonbid.co.uk for more information and to join the hanging basket scheme.

Judges who toured the town in July gave Boston a silver award in the large towns East Midlands category and Boston West Primary School (now an academy)  - a part of the overall Boston bid - received a silver gilt award in the school gardens category. In fact Boston received an award for the four categories it entered with the Friends of Witham Way Country Park receiving the judges' award and Boston Greenscapers, a team of volunteer gardeners, achieving level three in the It's Your Neighbourhood Campaign.

The results were down to community effort, which included a number of businesses which got behind this year's first attempt. The judges said they left Boston with feelings of optimism for its future.

The route this year will concentrate more on the town centre, reflecting historic and heritage strengths.

Plans include:

A period knot garden designed by members of South Lincolnshire Horticultural Society in the grounds of The Stump;

Additional planters in the Market Place, Strait Bargate and Wide Bargate;

A focus on the new outdoor learning centre and eco building at Boston West Academy;

Enhanced planting in Wormgate;

Enhancements to the War Memorial gardens;

Facelift of the Custom House Quay area incorporating a deep clean;

Guildhall in Bloom, featuring traditional agricultural equipment and herb displays;

Fydell House in Bloom featuring a fernery and edible garden;

New community gardens and orchards, including a major revamp of the neglected patio area behind the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex training pool.

Thousands of bulbs have already been planted in the Sleaford Road, Geoff Moulder grounds, Pilgrim's Patch/High Street, town centre and housing estate areas by volunteer gardeners from Boston Greenscapers, Boston-in-Bloom steering group members and Boston Mayflower.

The themes for 2013 are "edible", focusing on attractive displays of herbs, and purple and gold, reflecting the 60th anniversary of the coronation of The Queen.

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Flashback to last year - Asda staff plant new trees next to their store. Asda has agreed to back the in-bloom efforts again in 2013.