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Tamworth in Bloom 2015

bloom logo‘Much-loved’ Tamworth hits the ‘blooming’ double hat trick.

Tamworth’s gold rush continues with the town winning the top medal at this year’s Heart of England in Bloom competition for an incredible SIXTH year running.

The borough’s amazing accolade in the ‘Small City’ category was revealed at an awards ceremony in Rugby and the Council was delighted to bring home yet another jewel for the community crown.

Months of hard work by council staff, pubs, sheltered housing schemes and green-fingered residents across the borough ensured the town once again maintained its high standard for fabulous floral displays, impressive community projects and thriving wildlife habitats.

This year’s theme of Keep the Home Fires Burning continued the commemoration of the First World War and saw Tamworth teaming up with the Women’s Institute, which is celebrating its own centenary in 2015.

castle grounds

The Gold award marks the end of a huge campaign for 2015, which had several elements including a 1915 WI ‘Bake Off’ contest and special WI flower displays, plus gardening competitions for pubs, sheltered housing schemes and homes across the borough.

Heart of England in Bloom judges Nicola Clarke and Roger Tait were impressed with what they saw during their tour of the town back in July.

“The theme of ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ aptly describes the spirit of community and partnership working that was evident throughout this year’s tour,” they said.

“From the numerous, passionate volunteers all working to improve their local environment for the benefit of themselves and biodiversity, to the nurturing and development of young people through horticulture; the ethos of In Bloom continues to go from strength to strength.

“Add the continued investment in infrastructure, successful funding bids, well maintained open spaces, overall cleanliness, vibrant bedding and floral displays in the Castle Grounds, on the islands and across the town, to the mix and Tamworth’s ‘home fires’ certainly burn bright, welcoming the visitor to a much loved town.”

town hallThe judges singled out 20 separate areas of achievement including:

  • WWI commemorative planting on Moor Street island
  • Refurbished Saxon Man, Runner and WWI soldier
  • Castle Grounds and vibrant bedding displays
  • Broad Meadow designation as LNR and status as being only the second location in the country to provide a habitat for snake’s head fritillaries.
  • Continued support and success of Wild About Tamworth
  • Trotters Trail
  • Involvement of students from Rawlett Community College and engagement with other schools
  • Belgrave Community Allotment
  • Bright Crescent gardens
  • Securing of £1.7million Heritage Lottery bid for Tamworth Castle and £2.95million for the Creative Quarter
  • The great Tamworth Bake Off and working with the WI
  • Overall cleanliness of the town
  • Continued community involvement – too numerous to mention.

floral photoCllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Housing & Waste Management, said: “This is incredible news for Tamworth and a real testament to the hard work put in by all those involved to make sure we stay at the top of our game.

“As a town we are gaining widespread recognition for our impressive and attractive flower displays and it’s great that we continue to build on this year on year.

“Our Tamworth in Bloom campaign is also becoming more of a community effort and this year we had many different groups, organisations, businesses, residents and volunteers working together to improve the areas they live in.

“This is alongside the tireless efforts of the StreetScene team, who work hard all year round, and I’m really pleased that their hard work has been recognised once again.”

Cllr Thurgood added: “It really has been a great year for Tamworth in Bloom. This Gold award comes on the back of our silver gilt award in the national Britain in Bloom competition, and I’m already looking forward to seeing what is in store for 2016.”