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Lowestoft in Bloom has a golden feel to it this year

PUBLISHED: 16:32 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:32 21 April 2014

Launch of Lowestoft in Bloom 2014 and celebrations to Mark the 50th of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Peter Collecott and Roger Bellham

Launch of Lowestoft in Bloom 2014 and celebrations to Mark the 50th of the Royal Horticultural Society. Peter Collecott and Roger Bellham

It is usually synonymous with all things green.

But the annual Lowestoft in Bloom (LIB) competition has been launched – with a decidely golden hue.

Committee members and supporters of the charity joined Waveney Norse workmen in planting three golden yellow roses in Kensington Gardens to symbolise the three organisations involved.

This year’s contest is also helping to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom, and promoting the regional Anglia in Bloom competition.

LIB chairman Roger Bellham said: “We are very pleased to launch our competition by highlighting the regional Anglia in Bloom competition and also by celebrating the Royal Horticultural Society’s 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom by planting the three roses.

“The three golden jubilee roses symbolise the three organisations.”

Peter Collecott, chairman of Waveney District Council, added: “This is wonderful – these three roses should produce a beautiful golden yellow flower and will be a welcome addition to the lovely gardens here.”

The volunteers who give up their time to run LIB are keen for more people to enter the competition – including schools, organisations, businesses and local voluntary groups.

One of its aims is to promote Lowestoft and add value to the tourist appeal of the area.

Mr Collecott said: “The competition has been running for many, many years and now entries are open, hopefully more people will join in. I’d encourage everybody who has a garden or a window box or a hanging basket to have a go – it does not cost anything and who know you might be surprised how well you do.”

David Banks, LIB’s publicity officer, added: “It’s that time of the year when us keen gardeners are preparing for the coming season, none more so than the committee, who are kick-starting our competition.”

Entries are now open in all award categories including the school, commercial, allotment, private sector and best community project sections. Organisers are also running a scarecrow competition for the first time, with schools and community groups being encouraged to get involved.

Entry forms can be collected from EDP and Lowestoft Journal’s office at 147, London Road North, Lowestoft, or by contacting David Banks on 01502 512597 or davidbanks1234@gmail.com. Copies can also be downloaded at www.lowestoftinbloom.co.uk

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