Bloom to bring life back to communities

Councillors are urging people to bring flood-hit spaces back to life
Councillors are urging people to bring flood-hit spaces back to life

For the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom campaign will recognise the efforts of flood-affected communities with a new award for overcoming adversity.

It will celebrate the resilience of those who work to bring flood-hit community spaces back to life, as well as recognising the impact and challenges that communities potentially face.

While the award is for the national competition, Councillor Janet Battye (Lib Dem, Calder) hopes communities in the Calder Valley will take this up on a more local level.

She said: “Todmorden has long entered this competition with the fantastic displays produced by Tod in Bloom. Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd have sumptuous hanging baskets every year.

“This is our opportunity to prepare to show the valley off at its best this year, from Fielden Square which we saw deluged by flood water on Boxing Day, along the Rochdale Canal which has suffered terribly, the town centre in Hebden Bridge and then through to the Memorial Gardens in Mytholmroyd.

“I am encouraging community groups and the town councils to take advantage of this opportunity.”