Dunstable has launched its bid to strike gold in the annual Anglia In Bloom competition for the fourth time.
Members of the Dunstable In Bloom group gathered in Grove House Gardens to start their campaign for the 2014 contest last week. Dunstable won a gold award in the large town category of the regional event for a third time in 2013.
The group met at 10am on April 7 and spent about an hour-and-a-half planting out in the bed at the rear of Grove House.
Hugh Garrod, chairman of Promoting Dunstable, said: “The soil was mostly good and fairly dry. Our efforts were graced by the presence of the Town Mayor, John Chatterley. It rained occasionally but this did not dampen our enthusiasm for the work in hand.
“We have won three gold awards in the four years that we have entered the Anglia In Bloom campaign.
“Dunstable In Bloom also presents shields and certificates for best front gardens, hanging baskets and containers. We have competitions for allotments and tallest sunflowers, too. We are fortunate to be able to work closely with our local schools and community groups.”
Details are available in Talk Of The Town or from Promoting Dunstable. Dunstable In Bloom will have its own awards evening later in the year and welcomes entries to its competitions.
Priory Gardens was nominated in the Best Public Open Space section of Anglia In Bloom 2013. Nominations also went to Chiltern School Sensory Garden (Best Garden For Special Needs) and Willow Nursery School (Best Young People’s Project (aged 12 and under).