Ellesmere Port hosts judges for North West in Bloom bid 2019
9 August 2019For the very first time Ellesmere Port has submitted a full entry into the North West in Bloom competition.
It follows on from last year’s highly successful non-competitive ‘Neighbourhood’ entry into the prestigious horticultural competition.
It involves a number of groups and organisations from all across the town who have come together to work on a full entry into the competition. The group is chaired by Joanna Pemberton from Trinity Church and is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “I’m delighted the Council is able to support this year’s full entry into the North West in Bloom competition. It is all about bringing members of the community together to make a positive change to the place they live, work or spend their leisure time.
“So many groups are doing marvellous work all over the town and I’m delighted the entry in North West in Bloom brings them all together to demonstrate the wonderful results being achieved.
“Today the judges have been able to see the fantastic work being done by Bridges Community Farm, Trinity Church and The Port Grocery, Wolverham Community Centre and Positive Action for Little Sutton local schools and ‘Friends of’ groups, to name but a few, supported by Council teams.
“Our StreetCare Services teams have increased the number of wildflower verges, as well as doing the usual fabulous flower displays in the town centre.
“Our entry also looks to the future and we will continue to work together to build on our achievements.”
Joanne Pemberton of Trinity Church, Chair of the group added: “Being Chair of the Ellesmere Port RHS in bloom has been a real pleasure. Seeing everyone contributing has been a privilege to be part of and the way the community has come together. A great sense of community spirit and council partnership working.
“Thank you to all who have made this possible. The ripples of our passion for all things horticultural is starting to blossom. Plans for 2020 are already taking shape.
“The team are looking forward to attending the RHS North West presentation in Southport to hear our results."
Groups participating in the competition are asked to focus on its three key areas: Horticulture, Environment and Community.
North West in Bloom judges, David Bielawski and John Shepley visited the town to meet representatives from the groups involved. Judges assess their entry against the RHS criteria but they also provide constructive feedback and suggestions to help the group improve. Results will be announced in October this year.