Displays will be bigger, better and brighter than ever when Immingham and Cleethorpes fly the flag for North East Lincolnshire in Britain In Bloom.
The towns were revealed as finalists for the 2016 contest yesterday, as reported, with Cleethorpes hoping to be crowned Champion of Champions.
National judges will visit the area in August, before announcing the winners in October. Three months earlier their efforts will be judged for East Midlands In Bloom, the regional competition. Continue reading
For the last 18 years, Jeff Blanchard has been in the forefront and working tirelessly in the background to bring Cleethorpes into award-winning bloom status year after year.
And now the time has come for the vice-chair of the Cleethorpes In Bloom committee to hang up his ‘bloomin’ hat and devote more time to family life and visiting relatives who live far away.
Speaking from his Brereton Avenue home he shares with his wife Judy, Jeff explained: “We have family in Australia and Shanghai and we would like to the afford the time to go see them.
Our towns are today celebrating more success in the Britain In Bloom competition.
Last night, Cleethorpes scooped Gold and were announced as the winners of the Coastal (more than 12,000) category at the RHS UK Finals Awards ceremony for 2015, hosted by TV presenter and gardening expert James Alexander-Sinclair.
Meanwhile Grimsby scooped Silver-Gilt in the small city category, while Caistor scooped Silver-Gilt in the large village category.
Young gardeners at a children’s centre in Cleethorpes have scooped the top award at two regional gardening competitions.
Around 20 children who are part of the Little Growers gardening club at Reynolds Children Centre, Machray Place, have been rewarded for getting their hands dirty in the garden this summer by being awarded gold in both Cleethorpes In Bloom and East Midlands In Bloom.
Little Growers scooped the top award in the Best School Garden category, whilst six-year-old Faith and four-year-old Thomas Rice, won Cleethorpes In Bloom’s Best Young Gardeners award.
COUNCIL workers have been recognised for their bloomin’ marvellous efforts.
North East Lincolnshire Council was presented with two awards from the East Midlands In Bloom judges in recognition of workers’ hard work.
The awards were presented by the Cleethorpes In Bloom team Bob Callison and Jeff Blanchard at the Pier Gardens.
The council received an award for Horticultural Excellence for the Kingsway Garden and the council’s street cleansing team were recognised for excellent maintenance of the area.
After months of planting, watering and pruning, it was finally time for the people of Cleethorpes to be recognised for their gardening efforts.
The red carpet was rolled out for that time of year again – the Cleethorpes In Bloom presentation.
The Sunnyside Club was full to the brim as celebrations got under way.
Chairman and vice chair of the Cleethorpes In Bloom committee, Bob Callison and Jeff Blanchard, kicked off proceedings.
After months of planting, watering and weeding, the day of the Britain In Bloom judging finally arrived in Cleethorpes yesterday.
The two judges of the national competition were taken on a tour aboard an open top bus.
The tour began at the Kingsway Hotel where there was a short presentation before heading towards Sea Road, Pier Gardens, High Cliff viewing area and many other resort attractions before finishing at Ocean Fish Bar for lunch.
The Cleethorpes In Bloom committee had just three hours to showcase the best the town has to offer.
Grab your trowel and don your gardening gloves – a resort competition which encourages gardeners young and old to get growing is getting underway.
With lots of categories to enter there’s bound to be one to suit you in the annual Cleethorpes In Bloom event.
As in previous years, it is all being sponsored by the Grimsby Garden Centre, with a host of vouchers up for grabs for the best entries.
Gold, Silver or Bronze certificates will be issued in each category, with vouchers worth £30, £20, and £10 respectively.