Hereford In Bloom - Pride of the County
CITY STRIKES GOLD
Hereford in Bloom regained its coveted Gold award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition
when the judges announced their decisions at a ceremony in Burton on Trent.
Last year Hereford was downgraded to Silver Gilt after the judges spotted litter as they toured the
city inspecting the flower beds and community projects.
Restoring the city’s Gold status was a huge success said Kevin Knipe, chairman of the Bloom
volunteers who took on the task of funding and caring for the flower beds and planters three years
ago when Herefordshire Council withdrew funding. The project is supported by the City Council and
the BID team, who organise the hanging basket scheme for shops and offices. The floral displays
this summer were the best ever and the judging route was litter free thanks to the outstanding work
of the new Community Clean-Up group of volunteers led by Emma Jones and Andrew Wood.
“The heatwave summer ensured the plants grew bigger and better than ever, but it also sent the
cost of watering and maintaining the beds , planters and hanging baskets soaring. We rely on the
generous sponsorship of local businesses to pay for the thousands of plants and the support of the
City Council to ensure Hereford continues to welcome visitors with a blaze of colourful flowers,” said
He added: “ More community action groups in the city are taking up the challenge of responsibility
for the local environment. There is a new sense of Civic Pride and the Gold award will encourage
even more people to be part of it.”