Crowborough to enter South East in Bloom

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Councillors have decided to enter Crowborough into South East in Bloom 2017

Hanging Basket Crowborough CrossThe campaign, part of the Britain in Bloom, is where communities, residents, businesses work together to improve their environment.  There are three main objectives:

  1. See an increase in the number of people involved in gardening and horticulture and to see the standard maintained or rise wherever possible.
  2. To see improvement in how we care for our environment, including how we care for scarce resources such as water.
  3. How we come together as communities and make a contribution to the above by getting involved and making our Neighbourhoods, Villages, Towns & cities better places to live.

In the main categories entry is based on population size.  Crowborough last entered the competition in 2005 and gained a basic level certificate.  Whilst it is understood Crowborough scored well for hanging baskets and verges, the main downfall was that no presentation was prepared to talk about what the community did for conservation and preservation and the ongoing improvement plan.

After meeting with the Chairman of South and South East in Bloom, Peter Holman, Chairman of the Environment Committee Greg Rose felt that the following categories might be of interest:

  • Town CentreBeacon1
  • Country Park of the Year Award
  • Conservation Area of the Year
  • “It’s Your Neighbourhood”

With the part-time Ranger and the team of ground staff, our Country Parks, the “I Care for Crowborough” initiative, Crowborough Conservation and the “Brighter Crowborough” group of volunteers, Councillor Rose told fellow councillors that he believed “we are already doing the majority of what would be expected to achieve a high score.”

A working group has been established with a small budget to cover the entry fees.  For more information about South East in Bloom see: www.sseib.com.

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