Blooming great launch for campaign

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Fortunately the rain held off for the 2014 Anglia In Bloom launch in Leighton on Sunday, April 6.

A total of 18 volunteers turned up at the White House to help with the clearing of the shrub beds from the White House down to North Street.

This was a major task as the beds have been neglected for a number of years. Many bags of weeds were removed from the site, shrubs were pruned and a soil conditioner applied.

The project will continue in the coming months to improve this area, not only for local residents but to give a better impression when the In Bloom judges visit in July.

In Bloom chairman, Sue Commons, said: “Central Bedfordshire Council will hopefully help us to continue this good work by getting involved in some improvement to the grassed areas and other shrub beds around the White House roundabout.

“It was also a good opportunity for residents to view the display of our new community garden, which is to be built in Pages Park.

“ There was also a display of how the town and South Beds Friends of the Earth have established Leighton-Linslade as a bee-friendly town of some repute. The children who came along enjoyed having a go at the bee game and planting some seeds to take away and watch grow throughout the summer.”

Other important In Bloom events coming up are the plant stalls at the Flypast Monument on Saturday, May 10 and Saturday, June 7.

There will also be the usual open garden events on Sunday, June 29 (Linslade) and Sunday, July 13 (Leighton Buzzard).