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The first ever Kearsley in Bloom stemmed from the Kearsley Festival Group after the highly successful Kearsley Scarecrow Festival back in September last year. The group is made up of local residents, business owners, church attendees, local counsellors and a beauty queen. Sandra Arden, Stephen Tonge and Tracey Wilkinson are the driving force behind the project and encourage anyone who wants to be involved in something good for their community to get involved.

Kearsley in Bloom is already underway with local pubs putting out hanging baskets, residents tidying up their gardens and all 8 local schools participating in the project too. There will be ground and barrier planters starting to appear around Kearsley where the team have obtained funding from Bolton Council and Bolton CVS, Local businesses John Holden & Sons, PJH Group and Easy Lawn Turf have also given funds towards the project.

As part of the project the team have had 4 giant photograph frames made with donations of wood from International Timber Ltd and Anthony Axfords. They were constructed by a local resident born and bred in Ringley then painted by Kearsley Festival Group team member Richard Smethurst. The frames are placed in various locations in Kearsley these include locations near to Moss Lane, Pilkington Road, Stoneclough Brew and Ringley Bridge. The community payback team offered their services to install all the giant frames in the area and they are assisting with the siting of all the planters. The team are encouraging people to visit the frames which will be accompanied in the forthcoming weeks by giant metal flowers from the same maker as the giant poppies which were on display at St Saviours back in November. Why not send you snaps to kearsleyinbloom@hotmail.com Facebook them or tweet @KearsleyInBloom.

The Kearsley in Bloom team want everyone in the area to be involved and with this in mind they are running a competition. If you are a resident, business, community group, organisation, church, school or nursery within Kearsley Ward area you can enter the Kearsley in Bloom competition. Why not create a special display or simply hang a flowering basket on your property.

There are 4 categories

1. Best Residential Display

2. Best Business/Organisation Display

3. Best School Project

4. Best Hanging Basket/Planter

All you have to do is complete an entry form with a fee of £5 and submit via email to kearsleyinbloom@hotmail.com or drop it off at one of the sponsors Easylawn Turf, Unit 1A, Fishbrook Industrial Estate, Kearsley. BL4 8NX. The fee can be paid either by cash or cheque payable to “Churches on the Mount” or Paypal to kearsleyfestivalgroup@hotmail.com.

Once your entry form is received you will receive a pack with instructions of what to do next this includes getting your entry to the best possible bloom, take a photograph and submit it to the team before 1 st July. You will also receive a voucher for another one of the sponsors Giant Seat Garden Centre. Judging will take place before the 16 th July and winners announce on social media.

The main aim of the project is to make Kearsley a beautiful place to live and bring the community together. All proceeds from this festival will go towards funding the Kearsley Scarecrow Festival on 24 th /25 th September 2016.

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