Glorious sunny weather was the backdrop for an event which launched the 2012 Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom campaign in the town’s Calverley Grounds on 29 March.
Young people from Oakley School marked the occasion by planting snowdrops at the Grounds. The children were joined by members of the in Bloom committee, representatives from partner organisations, including Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Recreation Ground and Dunorlan Park, and local councillors.
As part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s national Britain in Bloom campaign, Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom aims to deliver environmental improvements throughout the town, involve the community and encourage civic pride. Practical activities undertaken by the local in Bloom group include planting in the troughs on the Pantiles and planters in the Calverley precinct to increase floral displays in the town centre. The group also runs a local competition for residents and awards are given for a variety of categories; as not everyone has a garden this is reflected in the awards which include ‘best hanging basket’ and ‘best container’. New this year are categories for best allotment and best wildlife garden. There are categories for businesses and there is a separate competition for schools.
In 2011 Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom made its mark on the national scene as Dunorlan Park was joint winner of the Best Large Park category at the South & South East in Bloom competition, and the town achieved a High Silver Gilt and second place in the large town category.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Contracts Manager and ‘in Bloom’ committee member Mel Henley said: ‘This year we’ll be building on the fantastic results achieved in 2011 and we’ll being going for gold for the town! To be in with a chance for this prestigious award we need to have a larger competition and to deliver more community projects. Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom is asking everyone to support our beautiful town and help us get gold in 2012. Why not enter the competition or get involved in a community project? There are opportunities for all ages and abilities and it’s a lot of fun.’
Competition entry forms can be collected from the Gateway in Royal Tunbridge Wells and must be returned by 30 June. Judging will take place during July.
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom is co-ordinated by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who also part-fund the initiative, with other funding coming from partners including Kent High Weald Partnership, Cory Environmental and Sodexo.