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SOS – SAVE OUR FLOWERS

June 19, 2016

Hereford city centre flower beds and planters just a few months ago were at risk of remaining empty  because of Hereford Council cash cutbacks until Hereford in Bloom stepped in and have completed the task of planting  them up ready to welcome summer visitors with the traditional blaze of floral colour which regularly wins the city a Gold medal in the Britain in Bloom competition.

The project, a partnership between the Bloom volunteers, the City Council and BID(Business Improvement District) is costing around £28,000 and includes  3000 plants, 500 shrubs and 104 hanging baskets with watering throughout the summer taking the  biggest slice of the bill. The BID team has also got over 100 hanging baskets  ordered  in a separate scheme for shops and offices.

In charge of the planting  is HIB member Paul Hodges who trained  with Harry Williamson, founder of Wyevale nurseries and for many years was manager of Wyevale Garden Centre. Said Paul: “Passers-by have expressed their delight that the flower beds and planters have not  been abandoned and shopkeepers have been bringing us cups of tea. We will have a  good display to welcome visitors and to show the Britain in Bloom judges when they arrive on July15.”

Bloom is raising its share of the cost from sponsorship of  flower beds and roundabouts  and is currently seeking a sponsor for the prime Edgar Street roundabout. Contact Kevin Knipe on 01432  870539.Hereford city centre flower beds and planters just a few months ago were at risk of remaining empty because of Hereford Council cash cutbacks until Hereford in Bloom stepped in and have completed the task of planting them up ready to welcome summer visitors with the traditional blaze of floral colour which regularly wins the city a Gold medal in the Britain in Bloom competition.The project, a partnership between the Bloom volunteers, the City Council and BID(Business Improvement District) is costing around £28,000 and includes 3000 plants, 500 shrubs and 104 hanging baskets with watering throughout the summer taking the biggest slice of the bill. The BID team has also got over 100 hanging baskets ordered in a separate scheme for shops and offices.In charge of the planting is HIB member Paul Hodges who trained with Harry Williamson, founder of Wyevale nurseries and for many years was manager of Wyevale Garden Centre. Said Paul: “Passers-by have expressed their delight that the flower beds and planters have not been abandoned and shopkeepers have been bringing us cups of tea. We will have a good display to welcome visitors and to show the Britain in Bloom judges when they arrive on July15.”Bloom is raising its share of the cost from sponsorship of flower beds and roundabouts and is currently seeking a sponsor for the prime Edgar Street roundabout. Contact Kevin Knipe on 01432 870539.

Paul Hodges (left) and Alan Williams, a former city Mayor get started on the planting.

 

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