Getting ready for South West in Bloom 

Next week judges from South West in Bloom will be coming to Truro to see our great little city.

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

Truro’s entry in both competitions 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 TIB committee works with our Parks and Gardens department, a range of partners including Biffa, Truro Business Improvement District (BID), Friends of Daubuz Moor and other community groups such as Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and some incredible volunteers to enhance the beauty of our city with floral displays and green areas whilst promoting environmental initiatives and encouraging community involvement.

With more than 1,200 hanging baskets, window boxes, hay racks and tubs displayed across the city, and formal beds containing a wide range of pollinator friendly plants, many of which are grown in our own nursery, the city is a riot of colour this year.  A big thank you to Truro BID who part fund the hanging baskets in the city centre.

As well as looking at our 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 shop window display arranged by Truro in Bloom this year is called ‘The Incredible Edible Garden’.  So keep an eye out for some eye catching displays.

The judges will be arriving on Tuesday, 11 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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