Nantwich town as seen in roundabout way


July 2009                                                                           A NANTWICH IN BLOOM PAGE                        

The North West in Bloom judges visit the town







This is Nantwich depicted in blooms on the Middlewich Road roundabout







THIS work of floral art is best seen from a high-level lorry cab or the top deck of a double-decker bus. As it is, it is seen from a height of about 12 feet, using a camera monopod.

   I opted out of using a step ladder and clinging to a lamp post for even more height and chose terra firma.

   The colourful display is in the centre of the roundabout in Middlewich Road, near to Sainsbury's superstore.

    All members of the Nantwich in Bloom committee

contributed to the ideas for the design based on Kate  

McKenna's design of last year. The flower bed was   marked out by Nantwich in Bloom Chairman, Doug


Butterill, and committee member Glyn Forster. The planting was carried out in conjunction with Cheshire East Council over two days.

   But all their efforts were hidden for a short time when a carpet of green chickweed invaded the display. This had to be cleared very carefully by hand so as not to damage the blooms.   

   Doug Butterill tells me: "The plants used for the main bed were orange and yellow marigolds and red salvias. The taller plants - representing the tall buildings in town, such as St Mary's Church - are Cannas tropicana, yellow dahlia and Libertia.  





Judges take a tour of the town flowers

NANTWICH'S Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Joyce Stockton, with the two judges from North-West in Bloom who toured the town on July 30, seen by a planter outside Nantwich Museum.

   On the right is Trevor Leese, Regional Organiser for NWiB and the environmental judge; on the left is John Shepley, the horticultural judge.

   They were accompanied around town by Doug Butterill, Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom Committee and Charlie Griffies, Assistant Parks Manager, Cheshire East Council.

   The planter is one of three outside the Museum planted by Nantwich and Crewe Fire Cadets - plus Nantwich in Bloom members - in June.

   The judges' decision will be known in September. 

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