Judges brave the rain to view Tamworth’s blooming glory
After a year of hard work, planning and planting, this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign reached its climax on Tuesday with the visit of the Heart of England In Bloom judges.
Mike Garwood and Nicola Clarke from Heart of England in Bloom didn’t let the rain deter them on Tuesday, when they were taken on a tour of the borough and shown some of the many fabulous floral displays and community projects which made up this year’s Tamworth In Bloom entry, on the theme Red, White & Bloom in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The day started with a presentation at the TIC, before the judges boarded a fire engine to take them along Lichfield Street. After circling the roundabout twice to view the three Royal-themed raised flower beds, the judging party was taken to Wigginton Park, where they heard about its bid for Green Flag status, as well as meeting street wardens and anti-dog fouling campaign mascot ‘Mucky Pup’.
The tour then took in Tamworth Railway Station – complete with the famous Tamworth Two – Glascote Cemetery, Tamworth Community Fire Station – where a number of community groups had displays showcasing their projects – then on to Bright Crescent sheltered scheme, which last year won a national Neighbourhood Award, through Ventura Park and back into the Castle Grounds, taking in the roundabout on Peeler’s Way, adorned with a flower-filled boat from the Tamworth Sea Cadets.
The judges were dropped off at the Riverdrive gates and walked through the Castle Grounds, taking in the wisteria garden, the Jubilee rose garden, the award-winning Bandstand flower beds and the new larger-than-life Olympic Torch man made out of plants. The tour then took in the bustling market, St Editha’s Square, the churchyard and Little Church Lane, before ending up at the Almshouses.
Chairman of Tamworth In Bloom, Cllr John Garner, said:
“I felt very proud and honoured to see the fine displays of works done not only by our Streetscene staff, but also by the many community and voluntary organisations and businesses.
“It is true that we did not have time to visit all of Tamworth but I believe the judges saw the pride we all take in our borough. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for the fabulous effort you have put in – you have really done us proud.”
Tamworth was awarded gold in the Small City category of the campaign in 2010 and 2011, as well as picking up a special award for horticultural excellence for the spectacular Bandstand flower beds in the Castle Grounds. Now the judging is over, Tamworth will have to wait until September to find out its result.