Roses smell sweeter after bloom deal

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FLORAL campaigners from Bury in Bloom are celebrating after securing a major sponsorship deal with a town firm.

The organisation, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year, has been handed £25,000 by Silver Spoon as part of a three year partnership.

The cash means projects like the Green Fingers competition, dropped this year due to a lack of funds, may be reinstated in 2012.

Campaign manager Julia Rackowe said: “Like many other organisations Bury in Bloom has been affected by the economic downturn, with costs rising and a reluctance on our part to increase sponsorship from hard-pressed local business supporters. This partnership could not have come at a better time.”

Mike Ames, chairman of Bury in Bloom, is to step down later this year with Simon Potts taking his place. Mr Ames said the deal ‘demonstrates the extent of the town’s success in the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign’.

Tony Lucas, from Silver Spoon, said: “Bury in Bloom is a fantastic campaign that aims to improve the local community through growing flowers and trees. By supporting it we hope to make the area a greener more beautiful place.”