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Help brighten up your city

PUBS, clubs, restaurants, hospitals and shops are being encouraged to join the city’s residents and take part in this year’s North West in Bloom awards.

Organisers hope that by helping spruce-up commercial gardens, Liverpool can win its bid to host the North West in Bloom awards in our Capital of Culture year – 2008.

Last year the city’s seven neighbourhood areas all entered – with stunning results. Now there have been a record number of entries and council staff along with Enterprise-Liverpool are working with residents to show off the city in its best light.

Councillor Marilyn Fielding, Liverpool’s executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “Residents have really taken to the idea and our neighbourhood staff are working with them to make sure our streets are as pleasant as they possibly can be. If owners of commercial businesses also take it on board then our city will look even more stunning than normal.

“From begonias in Broadgreen to freesias in Fazakerley and dahlias in Dingle – the city will be awash with vibrant colourful displays.”

North West in Bloom judges will visit scores of sites in Liverpool in July. Among them will be Lister Crescent in Fairfield where residents and council staff maintain a beautiful well-used central garden overlooked by all the homes, which won best Small Neighbourhood category last year. And Woolton Village which last year won the Best Large Village category after beating off strong competition from Port Sunlight and Pilling.

North West in Bloom introduced a ‘neighbourhood’ category to their competition in 2005. Liverpool City Council worked with Residents to enter 13 gardens. Each of these 13 entrants received an award ranging from an ‘Improvement’ Award up to the highest award for the North West – the Best Neighbourhood for the North West Region

If you have, or are planning to make the best of an outdoor shared space, regardless of its size, contact Karen Cox, 1st Floor Millennium House, Victoria Street, Liverpool or ring 233- 3018

The council would particularly like to hear from anyone who has a gated alley and would like help in turning it into a neighbourhood garden. The City will provide support to anyone wishing to enter the competition.

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