Sowing seeds of blooming gold

Members and supporters of St Annes in Bloom have already begun preperations for next year's competition.  L-R are Lawrence Edwards from Morela, Pam Curtis, Ian Roberts, Carolyn Clapham from Storytellers Inc and Fiona Boismaison.
Members and supporters of St Annes in Bloom have already begun preperations for next year's competition. L-R are Lawrence Edwards from Morela, Pam Curtis, Ian Roberts, Carolyn Clapham from Storytellers Inc and Fiona Boismaison.

ST ANNES In Bloom committee is looking for as much community involvement as possible as it bids for golden glory in 2013.

Earlier this year, the town retained its North West In Bloom silver gilt status and award for Best Large Coastal Resort in the region, as one of 21 Fylde prizewinners.

Now, the committee is hoping to go one better with gold status – and wants the whole town to get involved.

Despite winter being just around the corner, preparations are already well in hand for next summer’s visit by the regional award judges.

St Annes In Bloom committee is headed by Ian Roberts, who also chairs the Friends of Hope Street Park, where a bumper community fund-raising effort has transformed the site over the past two years.

Committee members have been busy in recent days canvassing support from St Annes traders and hoteliers and want to hear from anyone who can offer help.

“Donations of time, such as watering the floral displays near a business, are just as welcome as financial contributions,” said Ian. “Significantly there were a number of small, new community projects shown to the In Bloom judges this year which, to me, point the way to even greater success in the future.

“Planting on Jubilee Way, planters along The Crescent and tubs on Singleton Avenue, Whalley Place, Alexandria Drive and in Hope Street Park all happened because local residents and businesses worked alongside the In Bloom group.

“These floral displays were all obtained, planted and maintained by members and supporters of the St Annes In Bloom group, while another great example of the community working with the In Bloom group was the new allotments at Blundell Road, which won three North West In Bloom awards.

“In the coming year I would like to see a continuation of this growth from the ground up. Fylde Council and St Annes Town Council are both very supportive and we share an ambition to make St Annes an even more attractive place to live in and visit.”

John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, said: “We wish In Bloom every success. It is important the town looks its very best.”

Anyone who can help can write to Ian at 14 Hope Street, St Annes, FY8 3SL, e-mail pamian1@tiscali.co.uk or call 0777 840 1889.