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Staffordshire Town Bidding For 8th Year Of Floral Glory
A year of 'blooming' hard work, planning and planting will shortly reach its climax when the Heart of England in Bloom judges call in to the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth to see what colourful displays it has come up with. Local residents are being encouraged to get involved with making the whole of Tamworth look beautiful in time for Tuesday 18 July when the two judges – Nicola Clarke and Roger Tait - arrive. They will be taken around Tamworth to see many of the wonderful floral displays and community projects which make up this year's Tamworth in Bloom entry.
A bridge over the River Anker near Tamworth Castle
The borough, which is bidding to take gold in the regional Heart of England in Bloom campaign for the eighth year running, has chosen the theme of 'Mercian 10 – the Heart of England's Infantry' for this year's competition. The campaign is intended to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the local Mercian Regiment, marking a decade since the regiment was first formed in Tamworth Castle Grounds by its Colonel-in-Chief The Prince of Wales. The judging tour on July 18 will begin with a short presentation at Tamworth Town Hall, followed by a walk through the town passing though the street market to the War Memorial and St Editha's churchyard.
The Mercian Regiment logo is to help form a new flower bed
The judges, along with the organisers of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign, will then be driven in a council Street Scene vehicle through the town to the Moor Street island where they will see an impressive Mercian Regiment crest as well as the statue of a First World War soldier made entirely of plants, which will be newly refurbished. The tour will then visit the Broad Meadow Nature Reserve and meet volunteers and representatives from Wild about Tamworth and Tame Valley Wetlands, before being picked up in a limo, kindly donated for the day by sponsors EF Edwards.
Other places of interest during the tour include the Cheatle Court sheltered accommodation – joint winners of last year's sheltered accommodation gardening competition - followed by Marlborough Way Community Fire Station where judges will meet teachers and pupils of Rawlett School, and then on to Tamworth Railway Station, Ventura Park shopping centre, and Riverdrive, where the judges will be dropped off at the gates to Tamworth Castle Grounds which includes the tiered flower beds beneath the bandstand and the newly-refurbished Saxon Man and Torch Man floral sculptures.
Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth in Bloom Champion, said: "We are really looking forward to showing the judges the result of all the hard work which has been carried out not only by our Street Scene staff, but also the many community and voluntary organisations and businesses. But it's not just about the floral displays and what's happening on the route – we hope that people will get involved again across Tamworth to make sure that the whole borough is blooming. The community and our staff are all working exceptionally hard to portray Tamworth at its best and we hope that the judges will be impressed enough to award the town gold for the eighth year running."