Morecambe BID helping Morecambe bloom
Morecambe BID is pleased to announce it is supporting initiatives to help improve the look and feel of the town. In conjunction with local businesses and residents, Morecambe BID has funded the planting of spring blooms in flowerbeds at the Eric Morecambe Statue, one of Morecambe's most loved and iconic visitor attractions, via Lancaster City Council’s Adopt a Flowerbed Scheme.
The scheme was launched in autumn last year following a decision by the council to stop planting flower beds with spring blooms due to budget cuts.
Other businesses supporting the programme include Briggs Shoes and Fashions, Colin Brown Hairdressers,The Old Pier Bookshop, the Winter Gardens and ICU Security.
In addition, in partnership with Morecambe Town Council, BID is sponsoring the planting and installation of a minimum 62 hanging baskets along the Promenade in support of Morecambe in Bloom. Last year Morecambe won a silver medal, and this year it’s going all out for a gold medal. The baskets have been made at the city council’s White Lund Plant Centre which is now open to the public seven days a week.
Morecambe in Bloom is a horticulture competition, which encourages residents and businesses to participate in gardening projects to improve the overall appearance of the town.
There are lots of exciting categories for residents, businesses and groups.
People or businesses can enter anything from a large garden, small terraced frontage, hanging basket or planter. There is something for beginners, right through to the most avid gardener.
The competition also offers the opportunity for residents to work together in entering a group of properties into the “Best Street” category.
Community groups and Sheltered Housing Schemes can enter their projects for a chance to win the “Community Challenge Cup”. This year there is a new category for Businesses – shops, pubs, hotels and all businesses are eligible to enter.
The judging takes place in July, and there will be an opportunity for entrants to meet the judge to tell them a little bit more about their project.
John O’Neill, Morecambe BID Manager, said: “Part of the attraction of a town is not just the retail or leisure offering, it’s also about the look and feel of it. By supporting Morecambe in Bloom and other initiatives, we help raise the profile of the town on a national basis and also provide a feel-good factor amongst residents and visitors.
“Combined with the business improvement grants we announced earlier in the year, we hope that the changes will start filtering through the town. The Euston Road public realm works are almost coming to an end, and part one of the wave reflection wall is almost complete. This includes three wheelchair-accessible viewing platforms and a great new playground at the bottom of Lord Street.”
In addition, the Morecambe BID team has been working with Environmental Services from Lancaster City Council towards improving the planted verges and hillocks between Festival Market and the Pleasureland carpark. The shrubs have acted as a catch-all for windswept rubbish and made the area unsightly to all. Improvement works are ongoing.
Anyone who is interested in adopting flowerbeds in Morecambe or any other part of the district in time for next spring should contact Lancaster City Council direct by telephoning 01524 582491.
Should businesses wish to sponsor a hanging basket for Morecambe in Bloom please contact John O’Neill, BID Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org