The final look at the hard working Amberol customers who have made the national Britain in Bloom finals concludes with the Large Villages and BIDs categories. BIDs stands for Business Improvement Districts which are business-led and funded organisations working to develop and improve commercial areas. Their important role in the community has been recognised by having a category especially for BIDs in the competition.
Founded in 1986, Bury in Bloom aims to be one of the country’s foremost floral towns – and its inclusion in this year’s national finals suggests that they have succeeded in that aim. The group has already received 10 Golds in the Anglia in Bloom competition. One of the ways in which Bury in Bloom brightens the cathedral town is by offering a maintained hanging basket service for businesses and households. Using Amberol self-watering hanging baskets, the group plant and maintain the baskets, removing them at the end of the flowering season. This helps to ensure that the town is a riot of floral colour.
The fact that the Ulverston BID does so much to promote the town has been recognised by their inclusion in the national finals. As part of their preparations for the judges’ visit, the group has been busy planting up many hanging baskets. Earlier in the year, they also planted beautiful Silver Birch and Copper beech trees in Amberol’s’ large floor standing containers. The group have secured funds from the ERDF Welcome back Fund to help in their bid for Gold.
After winning Gold in the South and South East in Bloom competition in 2021, Shaftesbury in Bloom has been busy preparing for the judging by creating ‘a sea of flowers’ in planters which will be distributed across the town. They also run regular tidy up sessions to keep Shaftesbury looking its best.
Despite only being founded in 2018, the group has already had success in the Heart of England competition and will no doubt be busy getting everything ready for judging if their to do list of projects around the village is anything to go by! Past initiatives have included planting up blooming barrows, litter picks, implementing a hanging basket planting scheme and work on a local conservation area.
Close to Amberol headquarters, we often see the results of Draycott in Bloom’s hard work. The village has an important industrial heritage of lace manufacture, and several industrial buildings remain standing as a marker of the village’s history. DiB was set up in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength since then, with support from Erewash Borough Council. DiBs use tiered planters and wood effect barrels from the Amberol range to help keep the village looking lovely. The theme for 2022 is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but rather than opt for red, white and blue, everyone has been asked to use the regal colours of purple, red and gold.
When the Grow for Talgarth group of volunteers was set up in 2016 there was only one flowerbed in the village. That has all changed as a result of the group’s hard work, culminating in the achievement of making the 2022 national Britain in Bloom finals. Recent projects include planting up a number of floral wheelbarrows, creating a fragrant lavender walk to attract pollinators and the creation of an edible garden.
We would like to wish all the entrants in national and regional competitions the very best of luck. And to all the groups of dedicated volunteers across the UK making a visible difference to where they live or work, we thank you for all that you do.
We love collaborating with In Bloom groups to help them in their work. Using Amberol’s self-watering planters makes maintenance easier at the same time as conserving water. If you would like to know more about Amberol’s self-watering planters, litter bins, benches, picnic tables and planterware, call 01773 830 930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.