Final touches are being put in place to ensure the town is looking blooming marvellous for the North West In Bloom judges' visit to Wilmslow next week.
Having scooped Gold for the past 3 years, Wilmslow is not resting on its award-winning laurels but working hard to bring home another Gold award.
The Wilmslow In Bloom team will meet the judges and show them around the town on Tuesday, 18th July.
Ruth McNulty, In Bloom Chair, and Helen Yates, of Incredible Edible Wilmslow and the Wilmslow In Bloom Secretary, will be the guides for the morning, as the judges work their way through Wilmslow, meeting the many businesses who have supported this year's effort and representatives from local organisations along the way.
This year organisers have chosen the theme of "Walk on the Wild Side" which not only celebrates the more formal planting in the town but was designed 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.
The tour will start at Lindow Common again with a walk to Black Lake. The judges will then be taken to The Temp via Moor Lane where they will meet with Garry Olson of Transition Wilmslow. The tour will then proceed to Lindow Parade, Chapel Lane before meeting with members of Wilmslow Clean Team at Bank Square.
From there the judges will walk up Grove Street to to view the school planters and along Alderley Road to view the Incredible Edible planters at South Grove.
The judges will then be brought to The Carrs, stopping on the way to view the 'wilderness' area off Parkway and the pond by the Leisure Centre. Prior to lunch in the park they will be shown the new picnic area and outdoor Rota-Gym.
The judges, Mel Kirby who is coming back again with Julie Norman who hasn't visited Wilmslow before, will then have the chance to chat to all of those involved.
Ruth McNulty, Chair of In Bloom commented “The horticultural, environmental and community activities in Wilmslow that we can demonstrate during a three hour tour only scratch the surface. We will show the Judges the interesting, diverse and precious habitats on Lindow Common and the social and entertaining space on The Carrs. We will be able to demonstrate the activities of some of the 70 businesses who are brightening our streets by using colourful planting. All our primary schools have gardening projects and their planters are on display in Grove Street."
Now in their sixth year of entry, Wilmslow has picked up a Gold award in the Best Large Town category for the past three years in this prestigious horticultural competition.