Students from Moulton College have been hard at work planning and planting a range of floral projects for this year’s bloom competition around Northampton town centre. The judges awarded Northampton a ‘Silver Gilt’ award as well as two special judges awards for “making the whole town bloom” and “making a difference both to the environment and to people’s lives”.
Students studying on the Colleges horticulture courses have been helping to grow, plant and look after over 5,000 plants that have gone into this year’s projects in partnership with a range of local businesses and Northampton Borough Council.
120 barrier baskets and 300 hanging baskets have been washed, sterilised and replanted with fresh compost in preparation for the planting of a range of brightly coloured trailing petunias that have been hung in various locations around the town.
As well as planting hundreds of containers the garden centre team created a magnificent carpet bedding display to commemorate the Queens 90th birthday. Receiving a special mention were Moulton’s floristry experts, Sandra Thatcher and Chloe Wolf who led a team of florist students to create two amazing cyclists for the start line of the womens cycle tour of Great Britain.
The commercial manager, Robbie Speirs who heads up the garden centre team at Moulton College said, “The judge’s special awards has been very refreshing this year and is a reflection of the hard work that has been put back into the local community. Our students have had fun creating the specialist designs and being involved in the process from design, growing and planting all of the different containers and projects. I am sure that the experience our young people have gained will be invaluable for their future chosen careers.”
Over 50 students between the ages of 16-19 have been involved in the project as well as 10 members of staff. Northampton was judged against 70 other entries and special mentions given in the East Midlands in Bloom report include the floral cyclists, the crown floral display, Upton, Delapre Primary School, Duston Village and St Crispins.