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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-29-07

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Birkenhead is bloomin' marvellous

WIRRAL is blooming thanks to the many residents, community groups and organisations that have been working hard to create fantastic floral features to show how much they Love Wirral. The efforts have been so successful that 27 of these amazing transformations have now been entered into North West in Bloom's annual competition.

This is the 2nd year that Birkenhead groups have entered the 'In Bloom' competition with residents spurred on by the positive feedback received in 2016 not only from the judges, but from the many residents and visitors who admired the displays.

The projects showcased a huge amount of volunteer hours, and agencies going all out to improve local areas including shopping areas, planting up of neighbourhood centres, and communal areas. 1 of the best outcomes is how the projects have bought everyone together to improve areas residents live and work in.

Over 3 days, Royal Horticultural Society judges visited Birkenhead examining the hard work and imagination that has gone into this year's many competition entries.  They stopped at:- Water Street, Gautby Road, Bidston Rise, Blue Wood, Livingstone Street, Claughton, Oxton Gardens, Prenton, Birkenhead Park, the Inner Park, Beaconsfield Centre, St Pauls Rock Ferry, Williamson Art Gallery, YMCA, The Lauries, The Hive, Brakendale, Beechwood and Bidston to name a few.

It's not only Birkenhead that's blooming.. After visiting Birkenhead, judges headed over to visit groups in Wallasey, Liscard and Seacombe to view their floral displays. Established groups in Wirral West and Wirral South have previously entered the competition and plans are already underway to increase Wirral's entries next year.

The judges met residents who have been involved in each project and were looking for entries that improve the local area through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, while also achieving a litter free and sustainable environment.

Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet member for Environment, said:- "In Bloom is such a fantastic and well established initiative, it's about more than plants and flowers, it's about bringing the community together and not just for a couple of weeks of planting and tidying up, but throughout the year, encouraging everyone to become involved in their own local areas. The results will be announced in November, so we'll be keeping our fingers crossed until then. But we're sure everyone will agree that all the projects look fantastic and everyone who has taken part is already a winner in my eyes."

Peter Fletcher, local resident from the Livingstone Street Centre said:- "I haven't got many gardening skills but it didn't matter. I've really enjoyed being involved in developing the centre's garden for the in bloom competition. We've grown vegetable and herbs and used them to make food for groups using the centre, and recycled all sorts of things to make planters for flowers."

Jo Burrell, Birkenhead Constituency Manager, added:- "The projects are progressing each year and enthusiasm is increasing and the plans being discussed for next year are very exciting. Get in touch with us if you would like to get involved."

Contact the Birkenhead Constituency team on email or by calling:- 0151 691 8391. Visit the:- 'Love Wirral' Facebook Page to see all of the entries.

 

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