Sefton Council organise In Bloom Celebration for local groups

Sefton Council recently organised an In Bloom celebration at Bootle Town Hall for volunteers and groups, as a thank you and to celebrate last year’s success.

The In Bloom competition encourages communities, the Council and other partners to come together to make our neighbourhoods more attractive places to live, work, and visit by independently judging entries based on Horticultural Quality, Environmental Quality, and Community Involvement. In 2016, Sefton’s borough wide campaign entered five town entries and 32 community led ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood‘ entries, and the results were our best ever!

In attendance were the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne and Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, Margaret Carney.

Speaking on behalf of all the groups in Sefton was guest speaker, Brenda Porter, who stressed the importance of partnership work and continued support from the Council to volunteers with In Bloom.

All the groups who attended were each given a certificate of appreciation.

The Council also gave certificates to the following groups regarding the Green Flag Award Special Innovation Award, which they recently received from Keep Britain Tidy (these were two out of only fifteen Special Innovation Awards given nationally):

• Friends of Hatton Hill Park (Hatton Hill Park Pavilion Community Garden)
• Gateway Collective (North Park Community Garden) – was highly commended

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne said: “It was a pleasure to show our appreciation to the various groups and volunteers who worked tirelessly to produce all the beautiful displays and made the whole borough proud.

“We have a real army of volunteers who support the In Bloom competition and make our neighbourhoods, and many parks and greenspaces sparkle, and to get involved just contact our Parks Team.”

In 2016, Southport triumphed in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition by scooping a Gold award.

The resort also took the top honour by winning in the Coastal Town (over 12 thousand residents) category at a special awards ceremony held at Edgbaston Cricket Club, Birmingham. This was the first time the authority has won at a national level since 2002.

Any organisation or individual who would like to get involved by volunteering in the borough, can contact parks@sefton.gov.uk or 0151 934 2421.