The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded Newbury with a Certificate of Recognition for our Britain in Bloom efforts in this difficult year.

Our Newbury in Bloom and Britain in Bloom campaigns were not able to take place this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, The RHS has been impressed by our sense of community spirit during this time. The Society recognises that through nature during lockdown, people have valued access to green space and local parks so much more.

The RHS recognises how important the ‘In Bloom’ campaigns are across the country, including the great efforts that Newbury residents and community groups have made this year.

Kay Clark, RHS Community Development Manager said, “We hope that 2021 will be kinder to us all, and we look forward to working alongside you all in the year ahead”.

Newbury Town Council, together with its contractors Continental Landscapes Ltd are continuing to ensure that our parks and open spaces are kept in their best condition throughout 2020 and with beautiful floral displays planted throughout the summer, residents have been able to enjoy Newbury’s outdoor spaces for exercise and fresh air throughout.

Newbury Town Council put up over 150 hanging baskets throughout the town centre and at Shaw Cemetery and Newtown Road Cemetery in the summer and as we move into winter we are now planting winter bedding and have put up a number of winter hanging baskets.

Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said, “We are very proud of our Town and hope that our continued efforts have made life a little better for people in Newbury during this very difficult year. The Council has already approved a submission into the 2021 Britain in Bloom campaign and we are very much looking forward to being able to once again get communities together for this and our Newbury in Bloom competition if circumstances allow next year.

Our Green Spaces Working Group will be making preparations over this coming winter and contacting interested community groups to put this in place, so watch this space!”.

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