11 September 2019
Tamworth has won gold for the 10th year running in the annual ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ competition.
The Staffordshire town won the ‘Small City’ category, and its entry was based on the theme of ‘Tamworth in Bloom - more than just flowers’.
Floral displays which were part of this in initiative included centrepieces in the castle grounds and the Moor Street traffic island, as well as baskets, planters and wild flower bee friendly zones around the town.
There was also the ‘Big Sow’ initiative the castle grounds, various community planting projects and many contributions from local businesses, including Ankerside shopping centre and Tamworth Brewing Co, which again brewed its special ‘Blooming Ale’.
Tamworth councillor John Chesworth said: “We always put 100 per cent effort in, but this year was on a whole other level.
“We’ve had people planting flowers for the Big Sow, we’ve had new sculptures erected in Dosthill Park and we’ve even had people knitting cosies for trees and forget-me-knot flowers in a project to raise awareness of dementia – all under the Bloom banner.
“The campaign wouldn’t be complete without some stunning displays in the Castle Grounds and on the Moor Street traffic island, which I have to say is one of the best I’ve seen.
“Add that to the tributes to our heritage, Queen Victoria and the Assembly Rooms, which have also been beautiful and reflective of Tamworth’s rich history and it’s clear the award is well deserved.”
Pictured: Mark Greaves (left) and Adrian Barnes (right) from Tamworth Borough Council’s Street Scene team with Tamworth in Bloom champion Cllr Rosey Claymore