Time for gardeners to enter competitions at resort’s floral feast

Launch of Felixstowe in Flower Picture: ANGLIA PICTURE AGENCY

Launch of Felixstowe in Flower Picture: ANGLIA PICTURE AGENCY - Credit: Ashley Pickering/Anglia Picture

Gardeners are bringing a splash of colour to the seaside following the launch of this year’s Felixstowe in Flower.

The event – organised by Felixstowe Town Council and sponsored by the East of England Co-op Funeral Services – features a trail of more than 180 hanging baskets and tubs through the town, and a series of competitions for gardeners, businesses, and allotment holders.

Sunflower seeds, plant pots and grow bags have also been donated by the East of England Co-op to nurseries and schools involved in the scheme.

Officially opened by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman said: “Every summer since 1985, the town council has promoted Felixstowe in Flower as a way to transform the town with floral displays and colour throughout the season. I am delighted to see just how many local businesses are supporting the scheme alongside the local community this year. It really makes such a difference to see all these superb flowers along our streets and in all the local gardens.”

The East of England Co-op Funeral Services donated sunflower seeds and balloons, which were handed out by Guides and local volunteers dressed up as flower fairies and bumblebees at the event.

Tanya Carlton-Smith from East of England Co-op Funeral Services, has been judging the nursery and primary school displays in Felixstowe in Flower for the past four years. She commented: “For over 30 years Felixstowe in Flower has helped bolster community spirit locally, particularly in our schools, and we are very proud to support a scheme that gets children interested in gardening.”

The East of England Co-op offered free tea, coffee and squash to local residents at the event as part of their Co-op Cuppa initiative, which is focused on fuelling positive conversation within local communities.

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Tanya continued: “It has been great to get our Co-op Cuppa initiative involved in the scheme this year as it has been so well received across East Anglia. The tea and coffee went down a treat and helped local residents enjoy a great conversation in the sun.”

Mr Newman added: “Felixstowe residents are being encouraged to take part in the community scheme, whether it’s creating an impressive window box or a spectacular front garden, everyone can get involved. To participate in Felixstowe in Flower, visit Felixstowe.gov.uk for further details. A competition entry form is available on the Felixstowe Town Council website, which includes all of the categories available to enter this year.”

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