Adding colour to our Great Little City 

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, Truro City Council is working very hard to ensure that our Great Little City is looking at its very best.

The Council provides an extensive range of services to the local community and visitors who come to the city. 

As well as maintaining Victoria Gardens, Boscawen Park, and green spaces at Coosebean, Daubuz Moor and the Glasteinan valley, our Parks and Gardens department are also responsible for more than 650 hanging baskets, window boxes, hay racks and tubs displayed across the whole of the city. We are very proud that the pollinator friendly plants used to make the city such a riot of colour are grown in our own nursery in Idless.

These colourful floral displays and hanging baskets are jointly funded by Truro Business Improvement District (BID) as part of its commitment to improving the appearance of the city centre. The BID also funds and installs the colourful bunting which helps to enhance the city’s environment.

While most visitors will be familiar with the Cathedral, Hall for Cornwall and Lemon Quay, there are many more areas of the city which are well worth a visit.  A walk along River Street will take you to the Royal Cornwall Museum, where you can explore Cornish history, learn about the past, and visit new and exciting exhibitions.

Walk on a little further and you will come to one of the city’s best kept secrets -Victoria Gardens.  Originally created to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, this hidden gem contains a mix of beautiful shrubs, plants, flowers and trees in a tranquil setting. After enjoying coffee and cake at Pollen in the Park, and, if you are lucky, a free band concert (on Sunday’s) in the recently restored Victorian bandstand, you can then return to the city centre via Pydar Street or Victoria Square as each has its own range of shops and cafes.

Later this month judges from South West in Bloom competition will be coming to Truro.

We are very proud of the city’s achievements in the South West in Bloom competition, having won Gold Awards, including Champion of Champions Gold Medals, in the past, and we are hoping to be just as successful this year. 

Truro’s entry is led by members of the Truro in Bloom (TIB) group whose aim is to make Truro one big garden for all the community to enjoy.

Originally launched in 1974, the Truro in Bloom committee works with the Parks and Gardens department, a range of partners including Biffa, BID, Friends of Daubuz Moor and other community groups such as Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and some incredible volunteers to enhance the beauty of the city with floral displays and green areas whilst promoting environmental initiatives and encouraging community involvement.

Shops and businesses in the city centre will also be taking part in the competition with a shop window display arranged by Truro in Bloom. This year’s theme is “60 Years in Bloom and Friendship” and we are looking forward to seeing some eye-catching displays.

As well as looking at floral displays, the South West in Bloom judges will also be assessing what we are doing to protect and improve the environment. 

Environmental initiatives have included planting pollinator beds in key areas of the city, creating wildlife meadows, and providing log piles, insect hotels and bird and bat boxes to increase habitats for bees and other wildlife at the same time as creating beautiful environments for people.

Community and business representatives have also volunteered their time by litter picking and cleaning local areas throughout the city as part of projects organised by Truro and Newham BIDS.

Other community activities include an annual window display competition and a range of projects involving local schools, residents’ associations and members of allotment groups.

The judges will be arriving on Wednesday,10 July and will spend the morning looking around the city and talking to businesses and the local community so please help us to make sure the city is looking at its very best.

We think that our Great Little City is looking particularly amazing this year and hope the judges think so too.

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