Competition organisers hoping Royston will bloom in 2013

Ray Munden, vice-president of the Rotary Club of Royston, hands over the sponsor cheque to mayor Cou

Ray Munden, vice-president of the Rotary Club of Royston, hands over the sponsor cheque to mayor Councillor Lindsay Davidson at Thursday evening’s Blooms Night organised by Royston in Bloom. - Credit: Archant

ORGANISERS of Royston in Bloom are calling on more gardeners to get involved in the contest after the introduction of two new categories.

The Rotary Club of Royston will sponsor this year’s competition, and Les Baker, chairman of the Royston in Bloom committee, said it is hoped that this year will see an increased turn out.

Mr Baker said: “Last year we had a number of themed sections on the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympic Games.

“We saw the success of these and it gave us the opportunity to be more innovative this year. We have introduced two new categories for the competition in the hope of attracting a wider interest from our community.”

The new categories this year will be Grow-a-Boot and for nursery and toddler groups Plant and Decorate a Pot.

The Grow-a-Boot category is a young person’s project using recycled material and the idea is to use a boot of any kind for growing a plant.

Other categories will be for the best front garden (including container garden and low maintenance); best kept street or community area; best young persons project from a school or club and best kept allotment.

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Mr Baker added: “The support we have received from the Rotary club of Royston will help enormously in this year’s competition.”

Rotary Club president Chris Hardy said: “The Rotary Club of Royston decided to support Royston in Bloom as part of its commitment to playing a role in the community.

“We see the importance of getting people involved in an event of this kind which can attract everyone from the young to pensioners.”

Entry forms are available from Royston Town Hall and online at

The Royston in Bloom committee will also be running its annual Tallest Sunflower Contest in September.