Success flowers in regional campaign

Skegness has won a series of honours in the 2015 East Midlands in Bloom campaign, with volunteers being praised for their hard work and determination.

The resort was presented with a Bronze award in the Coastal category at this year’s awards ceremony, held recently at Rutland Water Golf Course.

The East Midlands in Bloom campaign is part of the Royal Horticulture Society’s Britain in Bloom scheme and aims to, in the words of organisers, “encourage the improvement of our surroundings through imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping”.

This year’s entry was put together by the Skegness Partnership.

In addition to the Bronze award, a Judges’ Award was presented to Skegness’ town manager Lisa Collins and the volunteers “making a difference within their local community”.

Skegness also took two honours in the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign, a grassroots community gardening scheme, with Level Two (Improving) awards for the Waterfall Gardens and the Coastal Eco Centre.

A report presented to the group with their awards carried such praise as “the enthusiasm of Lisa and the small band of volunteers was infectious”and “the group of volunteers in Skegness show that with hard work and determination anything can be achieved”.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, meeting so many inspirational gardeners,” Lisa said of the ceremony. “We have come away with lots of ideas and areas for development, as advised by our judges.”

Lisa said a dedicated Skegness in Bloom group is now being set up for next year.

She said: “Bringing together voluntary and community groups, the business sector, and local authority input is the way forward to enhance our current offer. This has always been my vision and strategy to support Skegness in areas of development. We have to acknowledge that we have less funding and resources, so establishing effective partnerships is the way forward for community and economic wellbeing and success.

“We are now forming a Skegness In Bloom group to bring together all interested parties to prepare for next year.”

Anyone interested in being part of the group should email lisa.janecollins@e-lindsey.gov.uk