Immingham In Bloom 2014
Immingham In Bloom 2014
4 Years On ............................and Immingham is barely recognisable!
In 2010, cajoled and supported by the Town Council a group was formed to try and shatter the undeserved myth that no one cared about our town. To be fair it could never have been described as pretty, even by those who live here. Home to the largest UK port by tonnage, it is surrounded by the dock infrastructure, two large refineries, power plants and a substantial chemicals industry. The huge amount of associated haulage contributes to a somewhat dour, grey, flat landscape.
Not to be deterred though the initial members, drawn from Councillors, residents and community groups set about making a difference. In the first year alone, with sponsorship coming from all sectors of the community, the group installed over 120 column planters, cut and dug several flower beds and tidied up unloved areas. By the end of that first summer, enough work had been done to get a silver award at the first attempt, and the improvements to the town were already being noticed.
Growing in confidence the group added more features in 2011 including some public art and a silver gilt was in the bag.
In 2012, more artwork was added including a sculpture commemorating 100 years of town and port, further beds were cut and gateway features were enhanced. The work put in contributed to the town being awarded its first gold award along with individual merits, Best Kept Town, and Community planting awards.
Last year in 2013, the bar was raised again and a railway tribute was added with help from our friends and principal sponsors, Associated British Ports. Not only was another gold awarded, but Immingham beat off all competition to win the overall category and also be chosen for the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition in 2014.
Even those who were at first sceptical about what could be achieved, have conceded that the difference in the town is simply outstanding. It just goes to show, that from little acorns, a vision can grow. There is no intention to stop either, this year more features are being added and the beds are being made sustainable, using techniques to preserve water and reduce maintenance. Can we get recognition in Britain in Bloom? Who knows, but it won’t be for the lack of trying…..watch this space.
Immingham In Bloom 2014 won a Gold award for the 3rd Year running and also received a Silver Gilt in the Briatain In Bloom Awards along with a special award for best community work with young children.