Louth In-Bloomers carried out a spring clean and tidy up on Sunday. The team of In Bloom Chairman Chris Brook, Town Clerk Linda Blankley, Trevor Marris, Sue Locking, James Pocklington, Mick Foreman and Jill Makinson-Sanders set about freshening up the bollards by giving them a fresh coat of Hammerite black and gold paint and then took on the feature lamp post and the rubbish bins too.
The New Street sign was also given a facelift. The planters outside Yorkshire Trading in the entrance to the Market Hall also got the beauty treatment and were planted out with petunias and pansies. The team are going for gold in this year’s competition having won a Silver Gilt commendation for the town at the first attempt last year.
Within a week or two the hanging baskets will be out and more planters to bring the town some much needed colour after the long winter. There was also a dry run for the ‘yarn bombing’, which will hit the town centre for the Festival of the Bee which sees a special event at Spout Yard on Saturday from 11am to 3pm and which Transition Town will continue by holding more events during the following week.
The yarn bombing will see hundreds of knitted flowers and knitted bees decorating the town centre street furniture, showing off the handiwork of Louth’s talented home knitters and International Facebook group Knitters and Natters run by Julie and Richard Speed from Speedy HQ in Louth. “The Market Place looked a lot better after our Sunday morning efforts,” Chris Brook commented. “We hope as many people as possible will join in the Festival of the Bee next weekend and will support our In Bloom work by keeping Louth looking good this summer too.” There is still time for local shopkeepers to join in the initiative and for community groups to get involved too.
More details from the Town Co-ordinator Sam Phillips who is based at the Town Hall or Louth Town Clerk Linda Blankley on 01507 355895.