The annual Nottingham in Bloom competition is set to transform roundabouts, church yards and community gardens into a feast of colour and design this spring time.
As the city dusts of its wheelbarrows it will be competing alongside more than 1600 cities, towns and villages in a dazzling showcase of horticultural prowess.
Traffic islands, roundabouts and hanging baskets will spring into life as the city’s communities aim to fill beds, verges and neglected corners with colour and style.
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the scheme. The RHS uses “Britain in Bloom” to promote recylcing, conservation, resource management, green space development and litter reduction.
As more people take pride in their surroundings, problems such as graffiti and anti-social behaviour are often reduced in areas taking part in the scheme.
Similarly, local economies can be boosted by an increase in commercial enterprise and tourism.
Thirty five groups in Nottingham were awarded an “It’s Your Neighbourhood” award last year. Many more groups have entered this year for the first time.
The “It’s Your Neighbour” strand of “Britain in Bloom” is specifically aimed at community groups seeking to “clean up and green up” their local area – whether that’s a small patch of communal ground in need of attention or sprucing up a whole street.
Any community group can enter – some groups are run by volunteers whilst others work in partnership with their local council.
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