Wilmslow is not resting on its award-winning laurels with this year's North West In Bloom entry.
Organisers have chosen the theme of "Walk on the Wild Side" which will not only celebrate the more formal planting in the town but hopes to encourage people to make the most of wild spaces, wild flowers and to help the habitats of creatures such as hedgehogs, bees and bugs.
Having scooped Gold awards for the past 3 years, the organisers are looking to widen participation this year. Started by Wilmslow's Incredible Edible group, Edible Wilmslow In Bloom's appeal has encouraged over 80 businesses and many voluntary groups to get involved. Their efforts, have been supported by the floral displays organised by the Town Council,which have helped the town burst with colour throughout the summer.
Everyone is urged to get involved, with businesses and other groups being encouraged to use wild flower planting as well as making the most of this year's "wild footprints" logo. You could plant up a footprint, hang bird and bee boxes, put out hedgehog homes or simply put on any floral display that helps the town look brighter and friendlier.
Ruth McNulty, Chair of Wilmslow in Bloom, commented, "Wilmslow always puts on a great show for the In Bloom judges and we'd love to keep our gold run going! Look out for the entry leaflets, which will be distributed to businesses over the next couple of weeks and please get involved. The community support is what makes our entry stand out. We'd love as many people to get involved as possible."
Planters can be put out from June onwards, so there is plenty of time for planning.
This year it is hoped that the "Walk on the Wild Side" theme will be a real draw for younger entrants too. Local primary schools will be planting special displays, which will be on show in the town centre as well as making bug huts and more.
Leaflets explaining more about Wilmslow In Bloom are being distributed shortly and can be seen above.