Putting on a blooming good show

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CHILDREN are being invited to design posters and banners to promote Brighouse’s entry in this summer’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

Following a positive report from judges Gemma Kelmanson and Beatrice Myers who visited Brighouse in April for the spring judging members of the 3Bs - the group responsible for the town’s entry - are now busy preparing for the summer judging on July 15.

A competition inviting primary schools to design posters and banners highlighting the competition is being held with prizes being donated by Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Brighouse.

Pubs and community groups in the area have been given the chance to buy hanging baskets to display outside their premises and the Junction Inn at Rastrick and Bailiff Bridge Community Association are among those to take up the offer. Members of the 3Bs filled 20 baskets at Kershaw’s on Saturday morning. There will also be additional hanging baskets in the town centre provided by Calderdale Council.

After their April visit judges praised the enthusiasm of the 3Bs and were pleased to hear of plans for tree planting and massed bulb planting.

“We could see the impact that bulb planting has already given to roadside verges throughout the town,” they said.

They were equally pleased with planting in Thornton Square and Wellington Arcade and praised the work carried out at Waterloo Road allotments.

The green wall at St Peggs Mill, created by Evoco, was described as ‘amazing’ and the judges commended Evoco for the all year round feature. Work in Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park and Wellholme Park also made an impression along with work carried out by residents at Sunny Bank,.

Judges described Brighouse canal basin as an area of great importance to the town’s heritage and they were pleased to see it brightened by daffodils. They were also told of the support the group receives from the Brighouse Echo and its coverage of the group’s work.

To carry out further improvements the judges suggested Pennine Housing could help Sunny Bank residents cultivate soil in the rose beds; Evoco could provide an information board to tell people about the green wall and bat boxes and insect houses could be installed at Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park alongside existing bird boxes. They also suggested schools be invited to take part in poster competitions.

Secretary of the 3Bs Mr Bill Terry, welcomed the judges comments. “We had already decided to invite schoolchildren to design banners and posters for the summer,” he said. “We are now busy preparing for the judges’ July visit and hope to get a good result for the town.”