Town is back In Bloom for fourth year

Ian Hogg (centre) with members and friends of the Caistor in Bloom group planting RHS trees at the Lincolnshire Montessori School on a beautiful March morning.  (Lin)
Ian Hogg (centre) with members and friends of the Caistor in Bloom group planting RHS trees at the Lincolnshire Montessori School on a beautiful March morning. (Lin)
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GOING for Gold for the second year running, Caistor in Bloom volunteers, Sustainable Caistor, Montessori School staff and several members of the community launched the town’s bid for top spot in the Britain in Bloom competition on Saturday.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom showcases the very best in community horticulture and attracts thousands of entrants each year.

The area’s regional representative is East Midlands in Bloom, whose judges will be visiting Caistor for the fourth successive year this July.

Caistor in Bloom was one of many RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood groups that have been planting tree saplings throughout the month of March, to launch their local campaign and make a significant contribution to increasing the number of trees in Britain.

To date the group have planted in excess of 500 trees in and around Caistor including a community orchard, hedging replacement at The Meadow, along North Kelsey Road and Grimsby Road borders, a wild cherry tree donated by Caistor resident Harry Minns, a Copper beech, Liquidambar and Autumn Cherry in the Parish Churchyard as well as the 150 trees that are now at the Montessori School.

Gill Somerscales, of Caistor in Bloom, said, “We were delighted to be supported by the prolific RSC Actor Ian Hogg to join with us to celebrate this fantastic cause in highlighting the need for more trees to be planted around the country”

The birch, rowan and wild cherry saplings added to the original ones planted last year in the corner of the field by the gate on Grimsby Road that gives walkers’ access to the Water Hills and The Viking Way.

Lincolnshire Montessori School has a popular gardening club after school on Thursdays which will keep a watchful eye on the trees.

Pyrocantha were also planted along the Grimsby Road fence and at the Parish Church around the oil tank by the wild area. This will grow to make an attractive cover.