Boston in Bloom
Boston retained its gold status in the East Midlands in Bloom competition for the second year running. In his report the judge said "the tour of the town demonstrated the growing strength and community commitment to Bloom and the positive impacts that it is having."
At the regional awards event at Mansfield, the town also scooped the judges' Award 2016 for the transformation of the B & M open space by a range of partners. Landscaping improvements and public art featured prominently, including a community mosaic created by Memory Lane to raise awareness of dementia.
Other new projects featured in the 2016 entry included a pollinator-friendly corridor at Doughty Quay, an 'American' themed flower bed at St. Botolph's Church and new octagonal planters outside Boots based around permanent planting.
To round the day off perfectly, Boston West Academy was announced overall winner in the East Midlands Best School Garden 2016, scoring an amazing mark of 97 out of 100.
Alison Fairman, chairman of the Boston in Bloom Partnership, said "Everyone involved in this year's campaign has worked so hard. Many volunteers give freely of their time, effort and expertise only because they love this town and want to make it even better. They have been ably supported by staff from the borough council, especially the parks and grounds team and all those who help keep the town looking clean and tidy".
Councillor Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces said "This is fantastic, a big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen this year. Boston has much going for it if you look beyond the negativity."
Plans are now underway for 2017 with attention focused on The Stump grounds, Central Park, the B & M area and Haven Bridge. The East Midlands in Bloom judge will also be returning to Witham Way Country Park for the first time since 2012.
The In-Bloom campaign which involves over 1,000 communities across the UK is not only about flowers.
Areas we are judged on include:-
- Horticultural Impact and Practice
- Local Heritage
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Local Environmental Quality
- Community Involvement
- Business Areas and Premises
- Funding and Support
For more information about the 2017 Boston in Bloom Campaign please click on the Bloom logo to the left of this page.