A year of hard work, planning and planting will soon reach its climax when the Heart of England in Bloom judges take a tour of the borough on Tuesday 18th July.
Residents are being encouraged to get involved with making the whole of Tamworth look beautiful to help the borough take gold for the eighth year running, in the regional Heart of England in Bloom campaign.
The two judges, Nicola Clarke and Roger Tait, will be taken around Tamworth, where they will be shown some of the many fabulous floral displays and community projects which make up this year’s Tamworth in Bloom entry, on the theme ‘Mercian 10 – the Heart of England’s Infantry’.
This year’s campaign theme will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mercian Regiment, marking a decade since the regiment was first formed in Tamworth Castle Grounds by its Colonel-in-Chief The Prince of Wales.
The judging tour will begin with a short presentation at Tamworth Town Hall, followed by a walk through the town passing though the street market to the War Memorial and St Editha’s churchyard.
The judges, along with the organisers of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign, will then be driven in a council Street Scene vehicle onto Holloway, along Lichfield Street to the Moor Street island, where they will get a view of the impressive Mercian Regiment Crest as well as the statue of a First World War soldier made entirely of plants, which will be newly-refurbished.
The tour will then visit the Broad Meadow Nature Reserve and meet volunteers and representatives from Wild about Tamworth and Tame Valley Wetlands, before being picked up in a limo, kindly donated for the day by sponsors – EF Edwards.
The judges will then leave for Cheatle Court sheltered accommodation – joint winners of last year’s sheltered accommodation gardening competition. There they will meet the resident’s and Local Nature Reserve (LNR) volunteers.
The limo will then take the judges past Wilnecote Cemetery, before arriving at Marlborough Way Community Fire Station where judges will meet teachers and pupils of Rawlett School, representatives from the probation services and volunteers from the community allotments.
The tour will then take in Tamworth Railway Station, Ventura Park and Riverdrive, where the judges will be dropped off at the gates to the Castle Grounds.
They will then walk through the Castle Grounds, taking in the wisteria garden, rose garden, the stunning raised flower beds beneath the bandstand and the newly-refurbished Saxon Man and Torch Man.
The final stop will be at the bottom of Tamworth Castle slope for photographs, before the party head into the castle for refreshments.
For a copy of the full route map, download here.
Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth in Bloom Champion, said: “We are really looking forward to showing the judges the result of all the hard work, which has been carried out not only by our Street Scene staff, but also the many community and voluntary organisations and businesses.
“But it’s not just about the floral displays and what’s happening on the route – we hope that people will get involved again across Tamworth to make sure that the whole borough is blooming.
“The community and our staff are all working exceptionally hard to portray Tamworth at its best and we hope that the judges will be impressed enough to award the town gold for the eighth year running.”
Don’t forget we still have our resident and sheltered housing garden competitions running during the ‘in Bloom’ campaign. The closing date for entries to both competitions is 12 noon on Monday July 31st. To enter just take a picture of your garden and either email it to Garden Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a copy in to reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street.