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Bloomin’ wonderful wins for Ulverston
Ulverston is celebrating a shining armful of awards in Cumbria in Bloom 2017.
The huge effort put in by volunteers, organisations and companies was rewarded as Ulverston won a Gold Award, Best Sustainable Development Town, The South Lakeland Trophy, The Best Town Trophy and the Best Overall Town and Urban Community Trophy.
Glaxo won Best Industrial Premises, St Mary's Church won Best Churchyard, and Ford Park, Lightburn Park and the Nature Reserve by Canal Foot were all recognised with certificates of merit.
Ulverston in Bloom plants and maintains flower beds, tubs and special installations across the town, with volunteers carrying out the vast majority of the work.
Ulverston in Bloom this year received support and funding from Ulverston Business Improvement District and Ulverston Town Council in its bid for success in the Cumbria in Bloom awards, and to enhance the appeal of the town centre and surrounding areas.
Chair Kim Farr said: “We were delighted with the overwhelming recognition for Ulverston in the Cumbria in Bloom awards, and we hope to build on this in future to achieve success in the national competition. We thought we were in with a good chance after the judging session in Ulverston but never envisaged this number of awards.”
Ulverston entered the ‘Pride in Your Community Awards’ which score points on a number of factors in addition to the displays of flowers and shrubs in the town. They include community engagement, diversity, heritage, recycling and encouraging wildlife.
Kim Farr explains: “The judges were very keen to talk to people everywhere we went – so much so that the tour was scheduled for a little over 2 hours, but they actually stayed in Ulverston more than four hours. We explained about the work undertaken by volunteers, local businesses and groups such as the guides, scouts and brownies who worked with Ulverston in Bloom to create the gardens behind the Factory Shop where food and flowers are grown.
“The support of the Town Council and Ulverston Business Improvement District has been invaluable. The BID paid for new planters in the town centre and the funding enabled us to expand the scheme with planters at North Lonsdale Road and Croftlands which have been hugely appreciated by local residents.”
Kim also acknowledged the support of local businesses and the work undertaken by GlaxoSmithKline and The Sun Inn on Market Street.
Gavin Knott for Ulverston BID added: “The work of Ulverston in Bloom makes a huge difference to so many areas of the town and provides an uplifting and colourful welcome to visitors and local people. Success in Cumbria in Bloom was well-earned and we are proud to have been able to support their efforts!”