Judges from East Midlands in Bloom will soon be visiting Harborough to see if the town is in the running to win this year’s regional contest.
The Harborough in Bloom team is urging town residents and business to back its 2014 bid by making the town look spotless.
People can do their bit by clearing litter away from outside their homes and places of work ahead of the judges’ visit on Tuesday, July 8.
This year’s efforts have seen the 3rd Market Harborough Beavers plant 200 sunflower seeds which can be seen in the containers around town and the seven town primary schools have also grown sweet peas in Welland Park.
The theme this year is Growing for Gold to celebrate Britain in Bloom’s 50th anniversary.
Last year Harborough earned a gold award and came second in the large towns category, and the Bloom volunteers are hoping they can again achieve the gold standard this year.
The judges will begin their tour round the town in Welland Park and will take in the Millennium Mile, St Mary’s Place, The Square, the Memorial Gardens, Church Street, The Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough CofE Primary School, High Street, Union Wharf, Robert Smyth Academy’s arboretum, train station, J Stamp & Sons funeral directors, St Nicholas Churchyard and the Little Bowden community allotments.
The town will be judged on a number of factors. These include impact, conservation, biodiversity, funding and support, local heritage, community and education.
This year the volunteers have made changes to the rose garden in Welland Park thanks to funding from Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity and the watering contract has again been funded by Andrew Granger & Co estate agents.