Northwich will be filled with colour and creativity this summer as the town puts together its entry for the North West in Bloom competition.
A partnership between the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), Northwich Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Barons Quay, Northwich Rotary Club, Grozone Community Garden, local schools and the ‘Drastic on Plastic’ initiative will see Northwich transformed with planting, activities and community engagement throughout July and August.
Hanging baskets and railing baskets will be filled with vibrant plants, specially designed floral motifs will be laid and bedded in the town centre and events will be taking place at various locations around the town.
To complement this, Northwich BID is liaising with retailers regarding a shop window competition, with businesses being encouraged to design and create their own unique displays to tie in with the ‘In Bloom’ theme.
Two retailers – Crafty Stitches and Northwich Art Shop – have already got involved in the competition, adding colour and vividness to their premises.
Crafty Stitches’ staff and customers have created a series of knitted hanging baskets and a woollen archway to adorn the front of their shop, while Northwich Art Shop has placed beautiful baskets outside their store to accompany the vibrant range of colourful art supplies inside.
Northwich, which will see entries in both the BID and Large Town Centre categories, will be visited for judging on Monday 6th August.
Representatives from North West in Bloom will be taken on a tour of the town and a sightseeing tour of the different elements included in Northwich’s entry.
BID Manager Jane Hough is looking forward to helping co-ordinate Northwich’s entry and seeing the town coming together once again to help raise its profile.
Jane commented: “After months of planning and preparation, it’s great to start seeing sections of our activity coming together. There is going to be so much colour and creativity on show across the whole town for visitors, shoppers and residents to enjoy.
“This project is another great example of partnership working within the town between different organisations and our businesses too and I’m confident it will give the town’s profile another boost.
“Hopefully we can secure a good score from the judges – we certainly feel as though we’ve got a comprehensive and well-planned entry.”
Town clerk Chris Shaw echoed Jane’s sentiments.
Chris said: “A lot of time and consideration has gone into Northwich’s entry to the North West In Bloom competition and, like Jane says, it’s once again brilliant to see partnership working yielding positive outcomes.
“It will also give local schools, and community centric groups such as Grozone and Northwich Rotary Club, a great platform to showcase what they’re all about and show people the amazing work they do.”