The judges come to Langport

The Langport Area Business Group is hoping that their community entry, Langport in Bloom, can impress the South West judges on their visit to the town in July. On 18th July, starting at 10.00 am, the South West in Bloom judges will walk around Langport to admire the hard work of the community groups who have joined together on this bright Langport entry.

South West in Bloom is one of eighteen regional and national competitions that makes up RHS Britain in Bloom. Every year, communities of all sizes take part, from small villages to large cities, and every summer

participants are evaluated on their work in three key areas:
1. Horticultural Achievement
2. Community participation
3. Environmental responsibility

The Langport Area Business Group is very much hoping to have those key areas covered with their imaginative and colourful entry. The community designed scheme aims to enhance the walks along the footpaths that take the town’s many visitors and residents, from the town centre and along the River Parrett. Janet Seaton, Chair of Langport Town Council says:

“In Langport, we like to try something new. Entering South West in Bloom for the first time is a challenge that we’ve been delighted to support.”

Using the expertise of local flower farmer Kate Gibbins, the town council and volunteers have worked hard on a scheme that will encourage native flora and fauna with some imaginative, low-cost and sustainable planting schemes and environmental features around the town.
Funds for this project were raised by donations from local businesses, grants from the town and county council and an award from the Great British High Street 2016.

Kate Gibbins adds: “Our entry captures the real spirit of Langport, fun, quirky and in keeping with our lovely environment.”

Local community groups of all ages have taken part in this project involving primary and secondary schools, special interest groups, clubs, Langport Town Council and local businesses.

The project has gathered interest and Langport’s green fingered enthusiasts can’t wait to show off their hard work. Being involved in South West in Bloom has been a lovely way to bring the community together and we wish Langport good luck on the day!