A Harborough estate agency is one of several businesses in the town that is getting behind the annual entry into the national Britain in Bloom competition.
Naylors estate agents on the High Street has paid for four hanging baskets to be displayed outside their office as part of the Market Harborough in Bloom (MHiB) bid. The baskets will form part of the judges’ tour, which takes place on Monday.
Owner William Naylor said: “We decided to get involved after spotting volunteers tending to the lovely planters on The Square outside our offices.
“As an independent agency and a local resident, I am a keen supporter of any initiative which promotes the many great qualities of the town. Market Harborough has retained its strong sense of community and attractive centre, due in no small part to the efforts of MHiB, who have done such a great job around the town for so many years.”
The baskets, which were supplied by Market Harborough in Bloom Volunteers, cost £20 each. Naylors has paid for an automatic watering system due to the height of the baskets.
There are also about 45 planters around the town on the Square, the High Street and at St Mary’s Place in preparation for the judges’ visit.
MHiB buy plug plants to grow in greenhouses for all the planters and hanging baskets in the town. They maintain the planters throughout the year as well as the rose/herb beds in Welland Park, looking after more than 500 roses. The group runs competitions for local schools and Scout and Brownie groups, with the cover for this year’s Britain in Bloom competition portfolio designed by children from the primary schools.
Market Harborough has won Gold in the East Midlands in Bloom competition several times, and MHiB are the defending champions of the largest town category having won the title again in 2015.
Chairman Ken Hook said: “We have a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers who work really hard all year round.
“Britain in Bloom is ultimately a community initiative so the support of businesses such as Naylors is really valuable.”