Call for help with Boston's bid for gold in Britain in Bloom 2013
HORTICULTURAL or garden design enthusiasts are being asked to come forward to help improve the quality of the town centre planting.
This is in preparation for entering Britain in Bloom 2013 following the town's silver success last year.
Town centre businesses are also going to be encouraged to join in and will be receiving a letter from the Boston-in-Bloom steering group asking for support.
The 2013 judging route will focus on the town centre and businesses and they will be asked to consider joining the Boston BID hanging basket scheme.
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Boston-in-Bloom steering group chairman, Niall Armstrong, who is Boston BID manager, said: "Those towns and cities which do well in Britain in Bloom have reaped the benefit in terms of attracting additional shoppers and visitors, so there is a direct financial benefit to shops and businesses which become involved. There is also evidence to show local people take a greater pride in their areas when the In-Bloom campaign is effective."
Judges who toured the town in July gave Boston a silver award in the large town East Midlands category and Boston West Primary School (now an academy) – a part of the overall Boston BID – received a silver gilt award in the school gardens category. Boston received an award for each of the four categories it entered with the Friends of Witham Way Country Park receiving the judges' award and Boston Greenscapers, a team of volunteer gardeners, achieving level three in the It's Your Neighbourhood Campaign.
The results were down to community effort, which included a number of businesses which got behind this year's first attempt. The judges said they left Boston with feelings of optimism for its future.
The route this year will concentrate more on the town centre, reflecting historic and heritage strengths.
If you want to volunteer contact Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's partnerships and sustainability manager, on 01205 314225 or, if you prefer, email him at email@example.com for more details.
Contact Niall on 01205 358800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to join the hanging basket scheme.
Businesses can also help the campaign in other practical ways.
By taking part in community planting or clean-up schemes, such as the Big Boston Clean-up;
By sponsoring planters or individual features in public spaces to make the town look more attractive (please contact Ian Farmer);
By adopting and maintaining public planters near their premises;
By highlighting local areas requiring improvement.