Free seeds initiative to spur on Bath's gardeners
Free seeds are being offered as a call to arms goes out to gardeners in the Bath area.
Entries are now being invited for the annual Bath in Bloom contest, which helps the city look its best for the regional floral competition South West in Bloom.
Bath has won awards at regional level for the past two years but just missed out on the national glory which it has enjoyed in the past.
After positive feedback from a trial wild flower planting scheme involving some roundabouts in the district, Bath and North East Somerset Council and the Bath in Bloom committee are giving away free flower seeds to community groups, schools, clubs and individual people wanting to brighten up their environment.
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Packs have been made up containing enough seed, with planting instructions, to cover three square yards, with gardeners asked to plant them somewhere where they will be visible to the public – such as in front gardens, community areas or school grounds.
They are available to collect, on a first come first served basis, from the council's offices at 9/10 Bath Street in Bath, The Hollies in Midsomer Norton and Riverside at Keynsham. People are asked to take before and after pictures which can be shown to South West in Bloom judges to prove the city is falling in line with the competition's wild flower theme.
The floral mix includes poppies, cornflower, corn marigold and larkspur.
Bath in Bloom is open to all residents, businesses, schools, institutions or community groups within the B&NES boundary.
Committee chairman Barry Cruse said: "It's really important that we have a strong Bath in Bloom competition. It stands us in good stead for South West in Bloom – it's the backbone of our entry."
To enter Bath in Bloom, complete the form on this page and send it to Neighbourhood Services, 9-10 Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SN or e-mail the information to email@example.com by 5pm on June 11.
Judging of schools entries will take place between July 3 and 6, with other categories being judged between July 7 and 15, with the exception of tallest sunflower which will be assessed in the final week of August. Only sunflowers over 6ft high will be measured, and people should call 01225 310095 if their sunflower reaches this height.
Full details are at www.bathnes.gov.uk/bathinbloom.