Community urged to back Britain in Bloom bid

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BELPER’s bid for national flower-filled glory will continue next month with a meeting set up to discuss the town’s Britain in Bloom entry.

The public gathering has been arranged at St John’s Chapel and is open to all residents and community groups.

Around 15 people turned up for a previous meeting but there are hopes further interest can be generated.

Town clerk Roz Bullimore said: “The competition is not just about flowers or the town looking nice it is more importantly about the community and how much they are included and involved with the town’s activities, you may already be doing activities that we are unaware off that can be included in our portfolio.

“We have a small In Bloom committee made up of local volunteers but the town council are looking for more volunteers to help with this year’s campaign.

“If you would like to be involved or would like to offer any assistance please come along to the meeting.”

The meeting will be at St John’s Chapel on Thursday, April 12, at 7pm.

Belper will represent the region in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious competition after taking gold for the past two years during East Midlands in Bloom.

But there is strong opposition in the large town category with nine other entries vying for the title, including Dumfries in Scotland, Chichester in Sussex, Coleraine in Northern Ireland, Truro in Cornwall, Welsh town Rhyl, Knaresborough in Yorkshire, Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire and St Helier, Jersey.