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
Over 3 days, Royal Horticultural Society judges visited Birkenhead examining the
hard work and imagination that has gone into this year's many competition
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
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
Contact the Birkenhead Constituency team on
by calling:- 0151 691 8391.
Visit the:- 'Love Wirral' Facebook
to see all of the entries.