THIS year’s Bury in Bloom campaign will be officially launched on Thursday with drought in mind.
Campaign manager Julia Rackowe predicted: “The regional judges will certainly be looking for entries that take seriously sustainable planting.
“You can already see it in action in Bury at the Risbygate roundabout and the central reservation on Parkway.”
But she did not think drought would cramp Bury’s floral style.
“We’re all so excited about the upcoming season’s campaign, despite the drought situation,” she said. “Bury in Bloom will be able to maintain our usual floral displays.”
The hosepipe ban will not affect them because they use water bowsers and their sustainable planting uses drought resistant plants.
In addition, Bury in Bloom will be introducing wildflower planting on some sites.
The idea is backed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which has invited all Britain in Bloom partners, affiliated groups and its schools gardening programme to sow wildflowers as part of a nationwide In Bloom celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
As well as being more hardy than selectively bred garden varieties, wild flowers provide more resources for important pollinating insects, including bees and butterflies.
Bury in Bloom’s official launch next Thursday will be attended by community leaders, gardeners and sponsors, including councils and Bid for Bury. They will hear guest speaker Stephanie Eynon, the RHS head of community horticulture, talk about the importance of the In Bloom campaign.
More details about Bury in Bloom are at www.buryinbloom.org.uk. The cornfield annuals seed mix the RHS is encouraging groups to plant is available from the charity Landlife at www.wildflower.co.uk