Background of Bosworth in Bloom
Back in 1985 to mark 500 years since the Battle of Bosworth it was decided as part of the celebrations floral displays would be placed around the village and enter the Britain in Bloom Competition. We were thrilled to be awarded as both regional and England winners, also competing in the National Finals. Following this success it was decided to continue entering the competition and a ‘Bosworth in Bloom’ Committee was formed. 33 years later “Bloom” is still going strong.
This has been made possible with invaluable help from our volunteers, with the financial support of the Parish Council, business and private donors. We have an established body of regular donors to our annual appeals. Each and every one of us can be extremely proud of our achievements. Since inception, Bloom has helped make Market Bosworth a beautiful, great place to live; to work; but also to create an attractive tourist destination through imaginative planting, cleanliness, sustainability and community effort.
Every summer we plant, place and maintain approximately 100 hanging baskets plus 60 troughs and window boxes around our village. Alongside a number of flower beds and boxes in prominent locations with floral features at local schools, police station, fire station and railway station.
During autumn and winter months, summer plantings troughs around the market square are restocked with colourful hardy varieties and spring bulbs. We have also planted trees in the Memorial Garden and provided permanent planting in community spaces, few years ago we planted over 20,000 spring bulbs in the verges of roads entering the village which now display a magnificent spring time ‘thread of gold’ for years to come – planting continues….
We maintain grass verges in the village, and have close links with Market Bosworth Country Park, where we have planted trees and plan to establish a new sensory garden. We’ve organised local clean up events and helped to establish school gardens. We actively encourage the participation of local schools and youth groups in our activities and we are fortunate to have the support of organisations such as the Gardening Club, the Rotary Club and the WI as well as the cooperation of Market Bosworth Parish Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
Someone once said “Market Bosworth would not be Market Bosworth without Bosworth in Bloom”