A COUNCILLOR has called for Hucknall In Bloom to be revived this year.
Coun Chris Baron, a Hucknall Labour member of Ashfield District Council, thinks that saying it with flowers could be a good way to dispel economic gloom which the recession has brought to the town.
Hucknall In Bloom was part of a national initiative to brighten up communities with floral displays.
Britain In Bloom is one of the biggest horticultural campaigns in Europe with the all-year-round aim of creating a more attractive UK.
Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it entails communities competing with each other at regional level and those selected taking part in the UK finals.
The overall aim is to create cleaner, greener and brighter places to live and work in and involvement by the whole community in the scheme is enthusiastically welcomed.
Speaking at a meeting of Hucknall’s Reach Out residents group, Coun Baron said Hucknall took part in the initiative for three years up to 2008 and it proved a big success in bringing floral beauty to the town.
He told the meeting: “Hucknall now has designated teams to clean up Hucknall and deal with ground maintenance. I think this has meant a big improvement.”
Coun Baron said he believed investment in bringing back Hucknall In Bloom would be well worthwhile and he would love to see the town centre ‘flowered up’ again this year.
Other parts of the town, such as Polperro Way, Nabbs Lane and Beauvale Estate, could also benefit from being ‘perked up nicely’, he added.
Coun Baron said an encouraging factor was that for the three years when Hucknall In Bloom took place, there was very little vandalism.
He added that councillors could help to meet the cost from pots of cash they received for improvemnts in their areas and he welcomed any suggestions on how the money should be spent.
Coun Baron said there was scope for providing benches but these tended to become focal points for anti-social behaviour, especially in the evenings.
n OUR PHOTO shows floral displays outside Hucknall Parish Church during a previous Hucknall In Bloom initiative