Have a blooming good spring clean

CLEAN-UP campaigners want residents to put forward their suggestions of grot spots in Boston that need a spruce up ahead of a bid to brighten up the town in 2012.

The Boston Big Clean-up and Boston in Bloom campaigns will form a two-pronged push to improve the town’s appearance.

The clean-up is due to take place between Monday, April 2, and Thursday, April 5, and organisers are keen to hear where the public thinks is in need of a spring clean – and want willing volunteers to come forward to join their tidying team.

The scheme achieved national recognition last year when it received a Green Apple environmental award.

In the last four years 2,366 volunteers have removed 57 tons of rubbish from the town’s streets and waterways.

Volunteers will be organised into small teams to cover their own neighbourhoods. Each clean-up day will be from 9.15am to 3.30pm, starting at Boston Assembly Rooms and participants will be treated to a free lunch every day.

Boston in Bloom 2012 is running a gardening competition as part of its efforts to bring some floral colour to the town.

The competition, organised by the Boston in Bloom 2012 steering group, invites residents in the town to decorate their frontages with hanging baskets, window boxes, tubs and planters in red, white and blue to also celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The contest forms part of the town’s entry into this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, with judges set to visit in July.

Window stickers proclaiming ‘I’m backing Boston in Bloom’ are available from the municipal buildings in West Street.

l To enter the gardening competition, and have the chance of winning a £75 first prize or £25 as runner-up email your full name, address, and telephone number to andrew.malkin@boston.gov.uk or write to him at Communications, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR.

Entires must be received by the end of July.

l To nominate a grot spot or take part in the clean-up contact organiser Jenny Moore, the council’s environment and sustainability officer, on 01205 314583 or use the form to the right.

Boston in Bloom is a joint enterprise involving Boston Borough Council, Boston BID, Boston Mayflower, Boston Preservation Trust, Boston Area Partnership, Boston College, Boston Placecheck, North Sea Camp, South Lincolnshire CVS, Pescod Square, Age UK Boston and South Holland, Asda, Lincolnshire Probation Trust, South Lincolnshire Horticultural Society and the Environment Agency.

Organisations which have already agreed to support the Boston in Bloom campaign include Boston Seeds, Friends of Witham Way Country Park, Boston Woods Trust and eco-warriors from Boston West Primary School.