This year, for the first time, Whitworth is entering the North West in Bloom competition. It aims to encourage communities to improve their local environment through imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects and to eliminate eyesores that blight our streets such as litter, graffiti and vandalism. By taking part in the competition we are hoping to increase the feeling of civic pride and start the ball rolling on a long-term plan to improve the local environment.
To launch ‘Whitworth in Bloom’, we are going to have a local competition where residents can enter their own gardens and green spaces. There will be extra points for displays that are visible from the road, innovation (for example where there is no green space but you manage to create some with window boxes and hanging baskets), sustainability (thinking about plants that need less watering and maintenance), eco-friendly (recycled materials and planting wildlife friendly plants and pollinators) and being wise with water (where you have managed to incorporate some kind of rainwater harvesting into your design).
To enter, return the entry form along with some photographs to the council office by Monday 17th June. A shortlist will be visited and judged from Monday 24th June and winners will be announced at the Family Fun Day on 7th July!
This competition should get us ready for the official North West in Bloom judges to come and judge the town at some point in July. In preparation for the competition we are doing some clean up work wherever possible. We have been spring cleaning litterbins and road signs.
We really want to thank the members of our community who have already been making Whitworth look its blooming best for years. The horticultural society look after the memorial gardens and the bowling green in addition to the planters at the Riverside. Linda, has been working hard maintaining this planter on Union Street for years and keeping it looking marvellous since Rossendale Borough Council stopped tending to it. There are several spots in Whitworth that are looking a bit neglected, maybe we can help you bring it back to life like Linda has done at Union Street?
The Allotment Working Group volunteers each maintain a planter located by the side of the road, they really help to bring a bit of colour to the town.
Glen, our Caretaker, picks up the town’s litter and we know from when he takes his annual leave what the town would look like without his input. Keep Whitworth Tidy have regular litter picks and make such a difference to our community, why not go along, they are a friendly bunch and it is amazing what you can achieve in just an hour!
For more details or to get involved contact Melanie on 01706 852018, email email@example.com or get in contact through the facebook page.