For the very first time, Ellesmere Port has entered the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category of the North West in Bloom competition.
The non-competitive category is the town’s first steps towards a full entry into the prestigious horticultural competition.
Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Cllr Karen Shore commented: “The ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category 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.
“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 showcase what wonderful results are being achieved.”
She added: “We have planted 20,000 bulbs throughout Ellesmere Port this year, wildflower planting on open spaces and verges, as well as the wonderful flowers in the town centre planted by our StreetCare Services teams.
“On top of this our entry will be able to focus on how businesses are getting involved with maintaining some of the displays and the hard work being done at venues like Trinity Church with their impressive allotment and community garden.”
Groups participating in the campaign are asked to focus on its three key themes of: ‘Community Participation’, ‘Environmental Responsibility’ and ‘Gardening Achievement’.
While participating, groups are not judged against each other. They are visited by environmental and horticultural “In Bloom” experts, who provide valuable feedback and helpful advice on how to develop current activities and encourage ongoing improvements.
North West in Bloom judge Julie Livesey visited the town earlier this month to assess the work completed so far.
A formal grading on the standard of the entry will be made in October this year.