Bourne in Bloom

South Street site after revamp

Photo by N Jacobs

South Street site after revamp

Bourne is being judged on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 9.30am

Bourne in Bloom  

We have recently learned that Bourne will be judged on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 9.30am for the East Midlands in Bloom Competition 2018.

Since 2006 Bourne has done very well, always achieving a high level award and a number of additional awards which recognise the huge community efforts of certain bodies or organisations.

We have managed to increase the sponsorship for the large planters from 5 to 6 for this summer; they will be placed again at the 4 entrances to the town, at the end of Coggles Causeway and opposite the Bus Station.  Our thanks go to:  George’s Fish Bar (2), Delaine Buses, Bourne Prepare Produce, Carlsberg UK and the Larkfleet Group.

Black and Gold Planters– numbers adopted are increasing thus leaving less without signs.

We would be grateful if everybody who has adopted one of these planters could ensure that their planter contains some coloured flowers but no weeds and that it is watered regularly.  Judges eyes always spot the weeds or unhealthy plants!

Hanging Basketsare again being subsidised by Len Pick Trust and Bourne Town Council and will be made available to town centre establishments at £5/basket.

Len Pick Trust has continued to sponsor the work and materials for the flower bed in front of the former public toilets on South Street and Debbie Cooke has also given up personal time to ensure the site looks its best.  I am sure everybody would agree that this colourful flower/shrub bed has created such a fantastic display to a former, very dreary site.

We have been working closely with students from Bourne Academy to further improve the bus station.  The students are producing some art work which, with the agreement of South Kesteven District Council, will be fitted onto the large shelter.  This will definitely brighten up another part of the town.

BourneAcademy has also stated that students wished to make use of the roundabout again to display their new Sculptures

Our investigation into roundabout sponsorship has not progressed as well as we had hoped.  There are definitely companies out there who would be interested but the requirement to use a specially licensed contractor for the work creates restrictions.

Bourne United Charities has continued with its high standard of work at the Well Head Park, Memorial Gardens and the Abbey Lawn area.  Bourne is really lucky to have such fantastic green spaces in the middle of the town.

The number of individuals and organisations that continue to do litter picking in and around the outskirts of the town is growing and the community is very grateful for this voluntary work.  Bourne Town Council is able to lend litter picking equipment to individuals and groups that are interested in helping to keep the area clean or tidy up an identified grotspot.

I shall be arranging another community litter picking session shortly before judging (probably Sunday evening and Monday morning) and look forward to a good turnout.

Many councils have withdrawn their support of funding schemes such as this but Bourne Town Council believes that certain aspects of the town had improved notably since entering this competition and that the budget of £1,200 designated to this cause is money well spent.

Please contact Nelly Jacobs, Town Clerk on 01778 426123 or via email if you would like further information or play a more active role in your environment.


Bourne in Bloom 2015 - Update April 2015

The planters on the railings in the Town Centre and Bus Station as well as the flower bed outside the former public toilets have provided a really nice display during the winter months.  We shall shortly be considering the plants for this year’s summer displays.

Debbie Cooke from Creative Garden Design, whose work for design and planting of the flower bed at the former public toilet facility on South Street was sponsored by the Len Pick Trust, could be seen working on site on numerous occasions during the autumn and early winter.  Debbie has given us many hours of her personal time on a voluntary basis and she should be very proud of what she has achieved with this dilapidated site.  Driving or walking past this flower bed and along the Bourne Eau always gives me a feeling of being on holiday.  This area is a real gem for Bourne.

The Len Pick Trust has again offered their support for the scheme this year.

Volunteer litter pickers have been out and about throughout the year collecting many bags full of rubbish.  Even though the situation has improved greatly we are still amazed at how much litter and items of fly tipping are being retrieved. 

Huge thanks to all of those volunteers; some of them are well known to the council and there are others that we are aware of but have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.

The Community Cleaner, Dave Atter, does a tremendous job.  His positions of employment with South Kesteven District Council and Bourne Town Council complement each other well and he works really hard to keep Bourne clean.  Dave is the only employed Community Cleaner for Bourne and with the growth of the town and parish he is stretched to the limit and he too appreciates the helping hand given by volunteers.

This is a good example where Volunteers, Community Cleaner and the 2 councils work together for the benefit of the community.

We shall reinstate the sponsored town edge planters for the summer and most of the companies that were involved last year have indicated that they would do so again this year.

Fully planted floral hanging baskets for the town centre will be on offer again this year at a subsidised price.  Local shop keepers and businesses will be contacted in the near future.

We have recently started discussions with LCC Highways about the possibility of roundabout adoption; watch this space.

The efforts of the various bodies that have committed to the ‘Adopt a Planter’ scheme within the town centre is really appreciated and everybody is able enjoy the fruit of their hard work.  There are still a few planters free for adoption.

If you should be interested in adoption or sponsorship of planters or you would like to help plant up and maintain the railing planters or may be organise a community litter picking session please contact Bourne Town Council on 01778 426123.
Nelly Jacobs
Town Clerk & Bourne in Bloom Co-ordinator