News just in – we’ve only gone and done it! Tamworth has won gold for the TENTH year in a row in the Small City Category of the Heart of England in Bloom competition.
It has just been revealed from the Heart of England in Bloom awards ceremony that Tamworth has struck gold for an impressive tenth time, marking an incredible decade of Tamworth in Bloom.
As always, this year’s campaign was a real community effort supported by residents, businesses and groups from across the town, as well as council teams who work hard all year round to design and plant our best in show floral displays.
This year’s amazing displays, along the theme ‘Tamworth in Bloom; more than just flowers’, produced some stunning results in a celebration of everything that is great about Tamworth to maintain the high standard that we have become renowned for over the years.
These included the breath-taking centrepiece floral displays in the Castle Grounds and the Moor Street traffic island, as well as baskets, planters and wild flower bee friendly zones around the town.
But as the theme suggests, the 2019 campaign was indeed ‘more than just flowers’.
The community participation was incredibly high and undoubtedly played a big part in securing that record 10th gold. This included initiatives such as the ‘Big Sow’ in the Castle Grounds, community planting from groups such as Care First and people living with dementia from Manor House, and of course some top notch work from the green-fingered residents who took part in our gardening competition. This is in addition to the many partners and businesses which get involved and lend their support, such as Ankerside Shopping Centre and Tamworth Brewing Co which again brewed its special ‘Blooming Ale’.
In celebration of the town’s community, events and heritage, the campaign was widened out to include things like outdoor theatre, willow weaving and the creation of a Wind in the Willows sculpture trail in Dosthill Park, art workshops at Ankerside Shopping Centre and a special judging day concert for the whole community by Amington Band.
Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Well we’ve only gone and done it! This was a big award for Tamworth and I’m delighted that we have brought home this coveted 10th gold. This is an award for the whole community as we couldn’t succeed at Tamworth in Bloom as well as we do without the support of Tamworth’s residents, businesses and community groups.
“We always put 100 per cent effort in, but this year was on a whole other level. We’ve had people planting flowers for the Big Sow, we’ve had new sculptures erected in Dosthill Park and we’ve even had people knitting cosies for trees and forget-me-knot flowers in a project to raise awareness of dementia – all under the Bloom banner. We had some amazing entries for this year’s gardening competition, showing just how many proud and keen green-fingered residents we have in the town and of course, the campaign wouldn’t be complete without some stunning displays in the Castle Grounds and on the Moor Street traffic island, which I have to say is one of the best I’ve seen. Add that to the tributes to our heritage, Queen Victoria and the Assembly Rooms, which have also been beautiful and reflective of Tamworth’s rich history and it’s clear the award is well deserved.
“What an amazing success for us all to be proud of. I’m not sure where we can go from here! A huge well done to all involved!”
For more information about the 2019 Tamworth in Bloom campaign, please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/tamworth-bloom.