Hereford in Bloom Chairman, Kevin Knipe reviews its work in 2020 and the prospects for 2021.
2020 was one of the most challenging years I have ever experienced, and I am sure it was
for us all. The Britain in Bloom competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus. In spite of
this HIB has continued, within constraints, to maintain flower beds and borders, plant trees
and successfully rescued the abandoned three large beds on the side of the new link road
opposite the railway station, planting a selection of 400 shrubs. This would not have been
possible without the superb help and assistance from the members and volunteers who
who regularly turned up and spent several hours a week clearing weeds and replanting.
With the commencement of the lifesaving vaccines there is a chance that in 2021 we will see a taming of the pandemic. Bearing this in mind, HIB will be planning for the year ahead, and the possibility of the Heart of England in Bloom judges arriving as usual in July. Progress has been made with members of the county council and we are expecting more co-operation this year, both financially and manpower. However, HIB will continue to maintain and develop the city environment.