Felixstowe could get floral glory
FELIXSTOWE will have the chance of national floral glory next year - after being chosen to take part in the Britain in Bloom finals.The seaside town will represent Anglia in Bloom in the resort category and is likely to be up against the country's biggest and prettiest coastal towns.
FELIXSTOWE will have the chance of national floral glory next year - after being chosen to take part in the Britain in Bloom finals.
The seaside town will represent Anglia in Bloom in the resort category and is likely to be up against the country's biggest and prettiest coastal towns.
This summer its flowers were outstanding as it regained its title as the Garden Resort of the East Coast after winning the Coastal Trophy in Anglia in Bloom.
Town clerk Susan Robinson said everyone involved was thrilled to have been promoted to the national finals 2008.
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She said: “This is very good news - very exciting and we are thrilled to have such a challenge.
“There will be lots of work to do over the next few months and we will be looking at lots of ideas for our entry but we are already looking forward to it.”
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Mrs Robinson said the town would still be entered in the Anglia in Bloom competition for resorts and so would be judged twice at different times next summer.
The town has once before taken part in the national finals and has been extremely successful at regional level.
This year it beat off the challenge of places such as Lowestoft, Sheringham, Clacton and Hunstanton to win the award.
Judges praised the town for its fantastic floral displays - both civic flowers and those of schools and residents' gardens - but also its efforts to control litter and graffiti, environmental awareness, increase recycling, and community involvement with all these projects.
The lynchpin of the town's entry is Felixstowe in Flower, sponsored by the Port of Felixstowe and organised by the town council.
The scheme, which has been running 22 years, provides a floral trail through the seaside town with 120 sponsored hanging baskets plus tubs and troughs.
As part of this the town council holds a series of competitions for schools allotment holders businesses and private gardeners to encourage them to help make the town look great.
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