Flower power will be embraced in Northwich once again this summer after the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) entered the town into two categories of the North West in Bloom Awards.
Northwich will be looking to scoop the top prize in both the Large Town and BID sections of the competition after receiving a Silver Gilt in the same two categories in 2018.
Grozone Community Garden also bagged prizes after being named outstanding in the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ section before also being given the RHS Wild About Gardens award for the project’s contribution to gardening for wildlife.
For this year’s entry, the Northwich BID will be working with a number of partners across a range of initiatives to impress the judges who will be awarding points within three themes; horticulture, environmental impact and community engagement.
These include Love my River’s floating habitats, yellow fish schemes and rainwater gardens, promoting wildlife friendly school grounds and meadows at Kingsmead Primary School and the construction of raised bed planters by residents at Anderton Place.
On top of this, Castle Community Centre have been working on a rainwater garden project, Grozone have been raising heirloom varieties of vegetable seed and Northwich Alzheimer’s Café have been planting some lavender pots.
From Monday 22nd July, St Paul’s Square will be the location for a Sensory Garden too and entries have been made in the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ competition which comprises projects at the Lion Salt Works Butterfly Garden, Grozone, Transition Streets Northwich and Kingsmead Primary School.
The judges will be visiting Northwich on Tuesday 30th July and should also have the opportunity to see the colourful and creative window displays from some of the town’s retailers and pubs as part of a competition to find the town’s best dressed business.
Working in partnership with Northwich Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Grozone, Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough can’t wait to see how the town fares in the awards and is hoping to go one better this time round.
“It was amazing to receive the Silver Gilt in two categories last year considering it was our first year entering and the community engagement involved was brilliant to see,” said Jane.
“Looking at all the projects and initiatives that are taking place in 2019 we have another very strong entry and we’ve all got our fingers crossed that Northwich can do well once again.”
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