25 Sep 2014
Britain in Bloom success for Loughborough and the University
Loughborough has once again been successful in the East Midlands in Bloom competition 2014.
The town secured a gold award but just missed out on the award for Best Small City, losing out to Grimsby.
Britain in Bloom is an annual competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Regional heats are held and the winners take part in a national final which will be held later in the year.
The University has been heavily involved in local efforts since 2009 when the Loughborough Echo kick started a campaign around the competition. The University’s contribution this year included extending the fruit route on campus, the planting of 4,000 hedge whips and trees to extend Burleigh woodland and to complete the wildlife corridor on the southern boundary of the campus, the planting of over 25,000 bulbs during the spring, the installation of new flower beds at the Link Hotel and summer planting schemes.
The university gardening teams are encouraged to get involved with flower bed designs and for this year’s summer displays they used the theme of 50 years of Britain in Bloom using plants in different shades of yellow and gold. The Great War was also commemorated with poppy designs being incorporated in some of the planting schemes, including the bed which faces on to Epinal Way which was particularly well received.