Last year Brunswick Town entered the South and South-East In Bloom Competition and came away with a very commendable Silver Gilt Award. But after organisers attended the first “City In Bloom” meeting with the council and other neighbourhood groups last month, they announced that despite financial cutbacks they will be seeking a Gold Award in this year’s competition.
Competition across the city for the coveted "In Bloom" awards has increased in recent years and last year Brunswick Town won its award in the South & South East In Bloom Competition, Best Urban Community section. The results were announced at an Awards Ceremony in Gillingham on the 10th September 2010, and were based on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Council cutbacks for the 2011 City in Bloom have resulted in various categories (including the Best Front Garden, Best Basement, Best Wildlife Garden) being discontinued, and this year the emphasis will be on encouraging communities to enter the Most Attractive category, with the focus on community working rather than independent entries.
The Brunswick and Regency Neighbourhood Action Group and the Local Action Team who launched the project initially in 2010 are keen to prove that they are Gold Award material and were pleased to hear that their efforts will be supported again this year by the "In Bloom" organisers. The entry fees to the South and South East in Bloom Competition for both Brunswick in Hove and Kemp Town in Brighton will be paid by Brighton and Hove City Council.
Further good news for Hove is that despite proposed cuts to the council's contract with Windowflowers for hanging baskets, a total of 18 baskets will be put up in Boundary Road, 8 in George Street, and 8 in Western Road, Hove, although unfortunately the baskets in Tisbury Road will be discontinued. Planters at both Brighton and Hove Town Halls will be renewed.
Positive news for businesses is that the best Commercial Frontage Competition which promotes business participation and the Buy Local campaign will go ahead. However, businesses should be aware that no "In Bloom" leaflet will be produced this year, and the competition will be promoted online, and through other local media.
The council will be approaching VisitBrighton, current sponsors of the competition to renew their support, but this funding has only covered the cost of the City in Bloom prizes in the past, and not the cost of printing, or of the administration that it takes to run the competition.
An update and link to the entry form will be available in late spring on the Business Forum website. For any "In Bloom" enquiries, contact: Stella Richardson at Brighton & Hove City Council on 292217 or email email@example.com
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