Launceston in Bloom is working hard to keep the town looking vibrant, clean and tidy, with some exciting projects in the pipeline for this small but mighty team of volunteers!
New chair Georgie Adams is excited to see how their ideas will help ‘keep Launceston in bloom’ this year. Taking over from long-serving chairman John Ellison, Georgie and her team of nine volunteers have more hanging baskets, flowerbeds, plant walls and other projects in mind for 2023.
Meeting on a Wednesday morning, weather permitting, Launceston in Bloom currently works on a number of sites in and around Launceston. Most recently they've been working on the pathway and steps down Northgate Street, and have plans to create a new planting scheme to enhance the coach park, opposite the multi-storey car park, to welcome visitors on arrival.
Launceston in Bloom works closely with Homeleigh Garden Centre to provide the town’s beautiful hanging baskets which can be spotted outside many local businesses during the summer months. They also help to put plants around the war memorial in the Square. Last year, they held a competition to see which business kept their hanging basket looking its best, and Threads were crowned the winners.
Georgie said: “There’s always loads to do. We’re looking at Windmill Woods, possibly making space for more seating areas to enjoy this tranquil part of the park. Depending on funds, it would be nice to put another bench or two up there. We are an independent organisation and totally reliant on grants and funding from various sponsors, including Town Council and Rotary, for which we're very grateful.”
Aside from flowers and plants, Launceston in Bloom sometimes gets involved with other community initiatives, having recently combined their resources with other local groups, such as Launceston Lions Club and u3a to support the national ‘Big Help Day’, on Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May.
Launceston in Bloom always welcomes new volunteers. If you’d like more information, email Georgie on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their public Facebook page ‘Launceston in Bloom’.