27 of Wirral’s entries to this year’s North West In Bloom competition have been recognised at an awards ceremony at the Southport Convention Centre.
Over 60 representatives from Wirral projects attended the event including residents, Councillors, Community groups, Merseyside Police, Wirral Council, Magenta, Onward, and The Big Local.
More than 30 amazing transformations from Wirral were entered into the ‘In Bloom’ competition this year – the most ever.
A special mention was given to Wirral Council’s Neighbourhood Recycling Officer, Phil Hanlon who created an amazing sculpture of Thomas the Tank engine at Seacombe Children’s centre out of recycled bins and plastics.
The projects showcased a huge amount of volunteer hours, and agencies going all out to improve local areas including shopping areas, planting up of neighbourhood centres, and communal areas. One of the best outcomes is how the projects have brought everyone together to improve areas residents live and work in.
Royal Horticultural Society judges visited Wirral from 1 – 3 August to examine the creativity and imagination that has gone into this year's many competition entries.
National in Bloom Judge, Alan Hulme said, ‘Wirral has done it again; it’s brilliant to see the competition growing there year on year. They have become a big part of the competition in a short space of time’.
Cllr Anita Leech, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: ‘What an incredible result for Wirral. Our entries have stepped it up again this year and have transformed their local areas with some beautiful floral displays and garden features. I feel incredibly proud of everyone who got involved and these awards are testament to the hard work and dedication from volunteers.
‘In Bloom is about more than just plants and flowers, it’s about bringing Wirral’s communities together. Not just for a couple of weeks of planting and tidying up, but throughout the year and coming years, encouraging more people to get involved in their local areas.’
To find out more about the North West In Bloom competition and how you can join in next year, visit their website.
The following In Bloom entries were commended for their outstanding efforts and helping to improve their local environment:
Level two - Improving
- Wessie Gardens
- Woodlands in Bloom
- Refreshment Rooms
- Seacombe Library
Level three – Advancing
- Arno Rose Gardens
- Ballantyne in Bloom
- Bidston Rise Bluewood Drive
- Birkenhead Park in Bloom
- Gautby Road Play & Community Centre in Bloom
- Oakenholt Mowers & Growers
- Prenton Dell in Bloom
- Prenton Ridge
- Seacombe Children’s Centre
- The Little Centre Beechwood in Bloom
Level 4 – Thriving
- Brackendale , Woodchurch
- Prenton Caithness Gardens
- YMCA Wirral in Bloom
Level 5 – Outstanding
- Beaconsfield in Bloom
- Liscard House
- Tomorrows Women
- Williamson Gallery & Museum
- Oxton- Best Village gold
- Beechwood- Best new landscape winner, most improved entry winner, best village silver gilt
- Bidston Village Green – Silver
- Wallasey – Best Large Village
- Hoylake and Meols 2018 – Best new comer