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Fingers crossed for a prize in regional floral contest

Members of the Fleetwood in Bloom committee found inspiration for their next projects when they visited the Four Seasons Florist on Poulton Road.
Pic L-R: Margaret Daniels, John Warnock and Yvonne Johnstone.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
25-2-2014

Members of the Fleetwood in Bloom committee found inspiration for their next projects when they visited the Four Seasons Florist on Poulton Road. Pic L-R: Margaret Daniels, John Warnock and Yvonne Johnstone. PIC BY ROB LOCK 25-2-2014

The plants have been planted and the judges have toured the town – now it’s a patient wait to find out if Fleetwood has won an award in North West in Bloom.

Fleetwood Town Councillor John Warnock, who has worked tirelessly to get the town smartened up with flowers for the big competition says it has been a steep learning curve.

It’s the first time in several years that Fleetwood has been entered in the prestigious competition.

There was a budget but with a lots of careful planning, using resourceful ideas and lots of helping hands, the town was ready for the judges to cast their eyes over the displays.

Coun Warnock said: “We don’t know yet if we have won anything but the presentation is in October.

“If we do win something, it would be an amazing achievement.

“It was hard going but at the end we had lots of help and it all came together well.

“Two ladies from the Civic Society used some leftover marigolds to plant up the area outside the court buildings.

“Fleetwood Rotary Club took it all across the finishing line and were a big help at the end.

“They planted the boating lake area and the area opposite Memorial Corner on The Esplanade.

“I was very happy with the effort made, we will hopefully be holding a meeting in a few weeks time to discuss next year’s entry and also the possibility of planting bulbs for a spring display.”

Fleetwood has been entered in the large town section of the competition.

Coun Dave Shaw, who took the judges on a tour of the town, said they seemed impressed.

He added: “They were particularly impressed by the 175th annnniversary memorial on The Esplanade and also by how well school children had done planting the pocket park.

“They had a chat with some of the residents in Upper Lune Street who had displays outside their homes and they also liked the flowers outside the Museum.

“We had a look in the Memorial Park too, although that wasn’t part of the route. They were keen to see what was happening there.”

Fleetwood Rotary Club secretary Gordon Oates said: “We were keen to support John and resurrect Fleetwood’s Wyre in Bloom entry. We were delighted to get on board and help as much as we could.”

As well as fund-raising for the competition, Fleetwood’s entry was supported financially by Wyre Borough Council which handles the official entry into North West in Bloom for all Wyre participants. The awards will be announced on October 24.

 
 
 

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