Touring town with the In Bloom judges

July 2011                                                                                                                            A NANTWICH IN BLOOM PAGE






This year's twin floral themes side by side in a display in The Square. Yellow, orange and red displays represent the Fire of Nantwich. The yellow and lilac arrangements were chosen as an alternative to the fire colours.




IT WAS "judgement day" in Nantwich on Monday, July 25, when judges from North West in Bloom toured the town, looking at the efforts of local businesses and members of Nantwich in Bloom in their bid to become Best Town in the annual competition.

   Many hours had been spent in preparing the flower beds or planters, planting the flowers and tending them on a regular basis.

   There are two floral themes in this year's displays. One is yellow, red and orange representing the flames of the Fire of Nantwich of 1583.

   This is also the theme of a flower bed in The Square. Other arrangements are made with yellow and lilac flowers as an alternative to the fire colours.  

   On the tour of the town with the judges were the Town Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr Arthur Moran); and Alderman Doug Butterill (Chairman) and Sue Hughes (Secretary) of Nantwich in Bloom.

   Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, a keen supporter of Nantwich in Bloom, joined the judges for part of the tour of the town. 

   And it was not just the town centre that the two judges saw in their inspection.

   They were transported to the town boundary to see Coed Wen, an area of former wetland in which trees had been planted with the help of schoolchildren. 

   Part way round the tour of the town, the judges called in to Nantwich Museum, not to see the latest exhibition, but for a rest stop.   







Bill Blackledge (Chairman of North West in Bloom) and Trevor Leese (Regional Organiser of North West in Bloom), look at a flower bed in The Square, accompanied by Alderman Butterill and Cllr Moran. The cycle is not a feature of the display.


l Nantwich in Bloom are entered in the Town section of the North West in Bloom competition; Willaston Parish Council are a Small Town entrant; Audlem have entered the Large Village section; and Richmond


Village, a complex for elderly people on the edge of Nantwich, has an entry in the Large Accommodation section.

  North West in Bloom competition








Left: Bill Blackledge, the Town Mayor and Doug Butterill look at a flower box at the office of St Mary's Parish Church (seen in the background).


 The new flower box

 is seen right.







Trevor Leese and Bill Blackledge discuss waste recycling with Anna Wilson of Cheshire

East Council's Waste Strategy Team, in the Cocoa Yard. What has waste recycling to do

 with a floral competition? It is now one of the many things the judges consider

along with lack of litter, clean streets and community involvement.



Sadly, Trevor Leese died

suddenly on Christmas Day 2015





Left: Yellow and lilac flower arrangements in the Cocoa Yard. The colours in these arrangements are also used at other sites in the town.



 Right: An enlarged planter arrangement outside the town's Museum, showing this year's twin floral themes. Previously,

 the arrangement comprised only the five planters in the front of the display. The

upright planters

are new.











The Fire of Nantwich-themed flower bed on The Square, as seen from St Mary's Churchyard.  The flowers used are African marigolds, French marigolds and non stop begonias in yellow, orange and red.




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