Newbury Town Council is launching its second year of our ‘Newbury in Bloom” campaign. After the huge success of last year’s event, we aim to improve the look of our town and to make it a more pleasant place to live, visit and work and with the competition element, a chance to win prizes and recognition for all who get involved in our campaign.
Newbury in Bloom 2017 has, this year, been shortlisted to receive a grant from Tesco through their ‘Bags of Help’ campaign. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and during January shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant with Newbury in Bloom being one of them. With this grant we hope to be able to support Community Projects who wish to take part and encourage group participation.
Newbury in Bloom features a competition with an additional two categories added for 2017, which includes Almshouses and Community Projects. We are also continuing our aim to enter the national Britain in Bloom competition in the next year or two.
The 6 categories for 2017 are:
Local businesses will be supporting the competition’s prizes and Rivar Sand and Gravel are offering materials in support of the Primary schools entries and Projects for the coming year.
“We were so pleased with the enthusiasm of the entries for last year’s event and this is an opportunity for everyone to help make Newbury look its absolute best” said Councillor Sarah Greenall, Chairperson of the Newbury In Bloom Working Group “We encourage everyone to take part and make the campaign even more of a success for 2017.”
Of course, encouraging better practice in our own competition can only help Newbury’s case when Newbury enters the Royal Horticultural Society’s national “Britain in Bloom” competition in future years.
Entry to the 2017 Newbury in Bloom has now closed. Judging for the competition will take place from 10 – 16 July.
If you require more information, contact our Grounds Maintenance Officer - James Heasman.