Farnham Town Council and the team of volunteers who are behind the year-round effort to transform communities through gardening, will proudly share their hard work with the judges of Britain in Bloom on 31 July. 

The visit will begin with a 15-minute presentation giving an insight into how Farnham in Bloom touches the lives of the community. This will be followed by a tour of the town centre where judges will be introduced to projects such as space2grow which is for people of all ages to improve their mental health and wellbeing and Bishop’s Meadow which was bought by the community for the community. 

The judges will meet members of the business community who have sponsored Farnham in Bloom and hear how the initiative improves the environment for customers as well as contributing towards a stronger economy. Volunteers will meet the judges at various points along the route to show how the 15,500 hours they have contributed in 2019 have made Farnham a cleaner and greener place to live and visit. 

While touring the town, the judges will observe and make judgements on the floral displays as well as the maintenance of planted areas and the general environment. 

Councillor Sally Dickson, Lead Member for Community Enhancement says: “It is a great honour to have been nominated to take part in the finals of the UK’s longest running gardening competition. Farnham in Bloom is a firmly established initiative which grows and improves every year and we are looking forward to showing the judges how we have used it as tool to build communities and tackle local issues.” 

Farnham in Bloom provides an opportunity for people to make improvements to their environment. One such example can be seen in Cambridge Place where businesses have started a new initiative to make their part of Farnham a welcoming environment. Initiated by Danny Wrigglesworth of Remington Harrow, businesses are regularly cleaning outside their premises. “We can all make a small difference to improve the customer experience and I encourage other businesses in town to follow our example,” says Danny. 

In the days leading up to judging, Farnham Town Council is appealing to everybody to help make sure the town looks its best by picking up and taking home litter, reporting any graffiti and for businesses to ensure the area outside their premises is clean and tidy. 

The results of Farnham’s entry into South and South East in Bloom and Britain in Bloom will be announced in the autumn.

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