Familiar Tamworth faces to be removed for annual spruce up

Some familiar faces around Tamworth will disappear this month, but they’ll soon be back pride of place after their annual spruce-up.

The town’s popular 3D floral figures are being taken away for refurbishment and replanting to ensure they look their best for this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition.

The First World War soldier on the Moor Street traffic island and the Saxon warrior and running man in the Castle Grounds have become firm favourites with residents and visitors alike and have appeared in hundreds of photographs.

The larger-than-lifesize figures form a key part of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign and hope to help the borough win gold for the tenth year running!

Although they will disappear from the street scene for several weeks, they will be back in plenty of time to welcome the Heart of England in Bloom judges when they visit the town in July.

Special for this year, is the new site for the WW1 soldier. On return from its refurbishment, the solider will be relocated to a new, fitting home – the war memorial tribute by St Editha’s Church.

Constructed using a metal frame, the figures are then stuffed full of hundreds of succulent sempervivum, sedum, and alternanthera plants. Replanting will again be carried out by the R C Smith nursery in Mancetter.

Street Scene teams from Tamworth Borough Council have already started planting some special displays in the Castle Grounds for its summer floral display, celebrating everything that is great about Tamworth. At the same time, communities, groups, such as the volunteers who take care of our local nature reserves, businesses and individuals are getting involved with some exciting new projects this year.

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said:  “Our floral figures have become a popular Tamworth feature and we always get asked what’s happened to them when they are taken for their annual spruce up. They will be disappearing next month, but don’t worry; we’ll soon have them back and looking better than ever, ready to wow the judges again.”

This year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign will celebrate ‘Blooming Tamworth’ – More than just flowers; with the focus on celebrating everything that is great about Tamworth including its community, events and history.

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign, or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk.

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