Market Harborough in Bloom volunteer steps down

Toni Cox (holding the box) is the new school co-ordinator, and will be approaching the schools with an idea for a Garden in a Box project.
Toni Cox (holding the box) is the new school co-ordinator, and will be approaching the schools with an idea for a Garden in a Box project.

Market Harborough in Bloom volunteer school co-ordinator Pat Hook has stepped down after ten years.

Co-ordinator Margaret Richards thanked Pat at the recent annual general meeting for all her years of work, and everyone who had helped with its East Midlands in Bloom bid in 2015, where the volunteers won gold and were joint category winners with Belper.

Last year, seven primary schools took part in a painting competition to design the front cover of East Midlands in Bloom judges’ portfolio. Hundreds of entries were submitted and the judges commented favourably on the idea, saying how great it was to see the shops in Church Street displaying many of the paintings in their windows.

Pupils also grew sweet peas, which were incorporated into the borders at Welland Park.

This year the new school co-ordinator, Toni Cox, will be approaching the schools with an idea for a “Garden in a Box” project. This will involve upcycling the now defunct Harborough District Council blue lidded boxes. Toni said: “The RHS Campaign for School Gardening believes that inspiring children to enjoy plants and gardening can give them a healthy hobby for their whole lives.”

This year the Britain in Bloom judging date will be Friday August 5 and the East Midlands in Bloom judging will be at the beginning of July.