Sir Frank Whittle inspires Rugby In Bloom theme

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, and pupils from Brownsover Community School launch Rugby in Bloom at the Sir Frank Whittle sculpture in Chestnut Fields. Photo by Rugby Borough Council NNL-170327-112841001
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, and pupils from Brownsover Community School launch Rugby in Bloom at the Sir Frank Whittle sculpture in Chestnut Fields. Photo by Rugby Borough Council NNL-170327-112841001

The 80th anniversary of the first successful test Sir Frank Whittle’s jet engine inspired this year’s Rugby in Bloom theme.

The annual contest encourages residents, schools and businesses to make the town blossom over the summer, and is a highlight of the borough’s horticultural calendar after success last year.

Categories cater for seasoned gardeners and enthusiastic beginners, with this year’s contest celebrating Sir Frank’s pioneering work at the British Thomson-Houston plant with a special prize.

Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm Lisa Parker said: “Rugby won gold at both the Heart of England in Bloom and Britain in Bloom awards in 2016, and we’re keen to raise the bar again this year to help make Rugby look its blooming best this summer.

“Rugby in Bloom brings our communities together and we look forward to receiving a bumper crop of entries.”

Award categories for residents include best small garden, best organic vegetable plot and best first-time entrant.

Business categories cater for pubs, hotels, garden centres, community buildings and places of worship, while schools, nurseries and playgroups can also enter.

In addition, entrants who imaginatively interpret the Sir Frank Whittle anniversary theme have a chance of winning a special prize.

Application forms, and more information about this year’s Rugby in Bloom, can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/rugbyinbloom.

All entries must be received by Monday, July 3.