Southport was the focus for an episode of the BBC Two series ‘Britain in Bloom’ this week – with the half hour episode looking at the work done across the town by teams of volunteers to win the town multiple awards in the national competition.
Budget cuts from Central Government in 2008 meant the Council was no longer able to afford to look after all of the town’s green spaces and flowering displays. During the episode, presenter Chris Bavin meets teams of volunteers such as the community behind Rotten Row, to celebrate and investigate the superb work they do all year round to keep the town blooming and colourful. The show brilliantly highlights the vivid, colourful displays in areas from Ainsdale high street to the Botanic Gardens and helps show off the community spirit and pride in Southport.
We are proud to be part of the ongoing work in the town centre itself. Providing over 150 hanging baskets and barrier planters each year – we ensure over 5,90o individual plants are spread across the town centre each summer. This year we will be making our tiered fixed displays even bigger and bolder with our huge new four tier containers we are excited to be the first to use! Using local nursery J & A Horticulture and James Cormish Landscapes we will be adding new displays into new spaces very soon!
In addition, we will keep supporting the tireless and superb work of the Lord Street volunteers as they plant up the gardens along Lord Street – providing them with valuable tools and 1,000s more additional flowers.
Watch this space for images of the flowers in propogation and see the full documentary on BBC I-Player here