Boston is aiming to wow the Britain in Bloom judges in 2014 after a successful showing last year - and everyone in the town is urged to do their bit.
Last year - only the second time Boston had entered - the town earned 149 points out of 200 - just one short of the score needed for silver gilt.
The Royal Horticultural Society judges will be in town in mid-July and residents can do their bit by making sure their front gardens are in good shape for their tour.
The team is focusing once again on Boston town centre, along with the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex grounds and Boston West Academy.
New plants are being grown by students from Thistles Nursery at Sutterton, a day centre for people with learning disabilities, inmates at HMP North Sea Camp and members of South Lincolnshire Horticultural Society.
Currently volunteer gardeners Boston Greenscapers are busily transforming the leisure centre grounds at Rowley Road with a home-made five-star bug hotel, a new access path to the orchard and fruit garden, a border of ornamental grasses and a green roof for pollinating insects.
Plans are also afoot to add a ship’s mast at Custom House Quay to go alongside the navigation buoy which marks the town’s maritime history.
A distressed dinghy will also be planted up after being spruced up by students from Thistles and volunteer Tony Clarke.
The end of the judges’ tour will feature a visit to Boston West Academy where the judges will visit The Hive, the school’s state-of the-art eco centre, and the outdoor learning area which includes an allotment space,small orchard and polytunnel. Judges will also be shown a First World War feature sponsored by Western Power Distribution and talk to students about their success at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show where some of their plants and art work were featured in the schools’ garden.
Town centre businesses have helped order 80 hanging baskets throughout the town and fill three raised beds at The Stump, Central Park and Haven Bridge featuring the poppy motif for the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
Chairman of the Boston in Bloom Partnership Alison Fairman said: “We are really grateful for the support we have received this year from volunteers, local businesses and the parks team.”
Vice-chairman Coun Yvonne Gunter added: “It is fabulous to know that many locally-based businesses are getting behind the Bloom initiative including B&Q Boston, Bells Nursery Outlet, TaylorITEX and Produce World.
“We all know that a cleaner, greener town can help to boost visitor numbers and promote civic pride.”
Anyone interested in supporting Boston in Bloom’s bid to earn a silver gilt award should contact Ian Farmer on 01205 314225, or email email@example.com
Town centre businesses interested in ordering hanging baskets should contact Trevor Blackamore on 07787 125025 or alternatively email him via firstname.lastname@example.org
Key sites that are set to be under the spotlight in the two-and-a-half hour Boston in Bloom judges’ tour – scheduled for July 18 – will be:
·Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex kitchen garden and grounds
·Fydell House garden and Beadsmans Lane
· Custom House Quay
· Boston Market Place featuring new timber planters
·Pescod Square shopping centre featuring new planters and rain-water harvesting
·Strait Bargate featuring additional promenade planters and a wheelbarrow display planted by Boston and South Holland Age UK
· Wide Bargate planters and the freshly-painted Memorial Gardens enhanced by red geraniums
· Boston West Academy eco centre and grounds
*The school has an open gardens day at Sussex Avenue on Sunday, July 6, 1-4pm and invite all to go along to see their green-fingered handiwork.