Blooming beautiful: Communities share £30,000 for spring planting

Community Advice and Support
13:25, Monday, 12th December 2022

A raft of communities across North Lincolnshire will be blooming beautifully after almost £30,000 of cash has been shared for spring planting schemes.

It is part of the council’s broader commitment to the environment – which includes planting thousands of trees, creating community green spaces and going carbon neutral by 2030.

Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is always really satisfying to be able to provide this cash for so many amazing places here in North Lincolnshire and I am already looking forward to seeing the fantastic displays in spring.

“These schemes really encourage communities to get involved, with the council able to provide the cash to get these projects off the ground. It is the hard work of the communities digging in and getting planting which deserve the praise.” 

Town and parish councils along with many In Bloom groups across the county were invited to apply for the cash to help get winter planting off to a flying start through the North Lincolnshire In Bloom initiative.

This was launched four years ago by North Lincolnshire Council and has seen almost £120,000 shared for spring planting.

Community groups and town and parish councils in Ashby, Ashby Parkland, Barnetby-le-Wold, Barrow, Barton-upon-Humber, Belton, Bonby, Brigg, Broughton, Burringham, Burton-upon-Stather, Cadney cum Howsham, Coleby, Crowle, Croxton, Elsham, Epworth, Goxhill, Haxey, Horkstow, Hibaldstow, Keadby, Kirmington, Kirton in Lindsey, Luddington, Messingham, New Holland, Owston Ferry, Roxby-cum-Risby, Scawby, Skippingdale, South Ferriby, South Killingholme, Ulceby, West Butterwick, West Halton, Winterton, Worlaby and Saxby, Wroot, and Wrawby will all benefit.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, rural, said: “We continue to invest in communities to enable them to enhance the environment and natural habitats and we’ve continually made money available for In Bloom projects. 

“The community grants enable investment in things such as community buildings, play equipment, paths and cycle routes. Together with the fantastic planting schemes, this all adds up to enable our communities to flourish.” 

The cash is to be used for planters, flowers and shrubs to enhance local areas and improve the environment with the scheme designed to promote volunteering and community pride while making towns and villages even more attractive. 

It will also help communities taking part in contests such as the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Best Kept Village and Towns competitions – with many towns and villages having already picked up the prestigious gongs. 

The grants also tie in with the council’s A Green Future strategy, which aims to get everyone working together to protect our environment. 

(Picture of flowers along the River Ancholme in Brigg by Paul Winter)