Oldham Council Aims to Bloom in the Champions of Champions

Oldham Council is launching our annual Bloom and Grow campaign – and we aim to be crowned ‘Champions of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

This year we have entered North West in Bloom and have also accepted the nomination to compete in Britain in Bloom, the Champions of Champions category.

The nomination is thanks to our outstanding work in recent years.

Only six other places are competing in the category and we hope to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful areas in the UK.

Our entries aim to showcase the best the borough has to offer and residents can help Oldham win – just like in previous years.

We aim to repeat previous year’s successes when we won Best City* in North West – for the sixth time – and when we won Best City in 2012 and 2014 in Britain in Bloom.

Once again our blooming WOW bed will be in the heart of the town centre for residents and visitors to view. This will form the centrepiece of this year’s entry – details of which will be unveiled at a later date.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Greening Grey Britain’ – which focusses on conservation and wildlife and aims to encourage residents to grow plants in towns and cities where ever possible.

We’re going bigger than ever this year and as a result we’ve got five competitions for residents and business to enter – with great prizes to be won.

Those with green fingers can show off their gardens, green spaces or open spaces by entering our Private Garden Competition. To enter, just send us some pictures of your pride and joy – big or small.

Oldham’s businesses can show off their flowering buildings and facades by entering into our Best Blooming Business, Pub or Restaurant competition.

Keen snappers, young and old, just need to take beautiful pictures of the borough as part of our photography competitions. You don’t need to be a professional – you can even take a picture from your smartphone.

All competitions are free to enter and aim to showcase the beauty across Oldham beyond.

The best entries will win various prizes and the deadline to enter all the competitions is 7 July.

Helen Lockwood, Executive Director, Economy, Skill and Neighbourhoods, said:

“Bloom and Grow is all about celebrating our communities, green spaces, villages and landscapes across Oldham.”

“Over the next few months Oldham Council’s Bloom and Grow team, residents and partners will be delivering some inspiring displays, community projects and making environmental changes.

“We all need to work together and do our bit for the community – even if that’s just picking up a piece of litter each day or placing a few hanging baskets around your property or business.”

You can enter the competitions via:

Our online web form at www.oldham.gov.uk/bloomandgrow

Email your entries to: Bloomandgrow@oldham.gov.uk

Tag photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag: #OldhamBloom17

For more information about how you can take part in Bloom and Grow and details of how to enter any of the competitions visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/bloomandgrow

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Collection of WOW beds from previous years