‘It’s more than just flowers’ is the message for the 2019 Tamworth in Bloom launch

The 2019 Tamworth in Bloom campaign has been launched, revealing a very special theme and message as the town goes for gold for an incredible 10th year in a row.

Tamworth Borough Council is celebrating this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign with the theme of ‘Blooming Tamworth’ – More than just flowers; with the focus on celebrating everything that is great about Tamworth including its community, events and history.

Street Scene teams from Tamworth Borough Council will be out in force in the coming months to prepare the area for its summer floral display. At the same time, communities, groups, such as the volunteers who take care of our local nature reserves, businesses and individuals are getting involved with some exciting new projects this year that will involve more than just planting or hanging baskets.

This year everyone is invited to help us sow the seeds for success by taking part in ‘The Big Sow’ in the Castle Grounds during the St George’s Day activities on Saturday April 20. People are encouraged to join in with the free ‘Blooming Tamworth’ arts and crafts workshops taking place in Ankerside Shopping Centre. Pick up your seeds during the workshops and then meet the council’s Street Scene Team to plant them by the Riverbank.

Also on Saturday April 20, is the launch of the ‘Tree Cosy’ project – a community knit that will brighten up Tamworth’s open spaces and working with local groups and Tamworth Dementia Friendly Communities, to cover the town in knitted forget-me-nots.

As Tamworth is going for gold for a milestone 10th time, this year’s theme involves a celebration of the town’s community and heritage, reflecting some of these in the Tamworth in Bloom flowers and events.

For example, this year marks the 130th anniversary of the original opening of the Assembly Rooms, which was built to mark the jubilee of Queen Victoria, and the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth. To honour this heritage, some special events are planned including an evening bandstand concert of ‘Music Under the Stars’, with a homage to the artists which have trod the boards at the Assembly Rooms over the years.

Continuing with honouring our heritage and celebrating Queen Victoria, the bandstand will host a celebration taking place on judging day, where every group that has supported Blooming Tamworth will be invited to bring a picnic, grab a seat and enjoy an afternoon of free music by Amington Band.

Blooming Tamworth is also about the events and activities that make the town a great place to live, including live performances in our parks and open spaces. A willow weaving workshop will see the launch of a new sculpture trail at Dosthill Park on May 18. Characters from the classic story ‘Wind in the Willows,’ will be brought to life in time for the outdoor theatre performance of this heart-warming tale, on June 16.

In keeping with Tamworth in Bloom tradition, the Moor Street traffic island at the end of Lichfield Street will be given a new design to reflect the new theme; this will include a raised flower bed with a special tribute to Queen Victoria.

New planting is taking place by the Aethelflaed statue on the roundabout by the railway station island. ‘Our Aethel’ will be surrounded by new shrubs and wildflowers. There will also be a revamp and renovation of the sensory area in the Castle Grounds from our Dementia friends group.

As Tamworth is looking to strike gold for the tenth year in a row in the Heart of England in Bloom competition this year, the pressure is on to maintain the high standard of previous years.

Businesses are invited to join in by sponsoring a display; banners, planters, troughs and flowerbeds are all available for branding with the names of supporting companies.

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “There are many things to be proud of in Tamworth and I’m delighted that we have a range of events and projects to celebrate Tamworth within our bloom programme as we aim to make it a decade of gold success.

“Tamworth in Bloom is not just about the flowers – it’s about working with and celebrating the groups, organisations and individuals in the borough, and doing our bit to make Tamworth a place that is welcoming with a strong community spirit.

“We hope that even more people will get involved in helping to make Tamworth bloom again this year.”

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign, or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk.