'Help us or lose us' - Wellington in Bloom in plea to young volunteers

Isabel Ward, chairman of Wellington in Bloom.

Isabel Ward, chairman of Wellington in Bloom.

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AN influential group which has been running for 30 years may have to fold.

Dwindling volunteer numbers mean this summer might be the last for Wellington in Bloom, unless young blood comes forward to help out.

Chairman Isabel Ward said: “We would welcome younger people who want to care for their town, who don't mind getting their hands dirty and can share with us outdoor activities, which are healthy and rewarding.

“Caring for the environment is in everyone’s interest and without new people coming forward, Wellington in Bloom will close at the end of this year.”

Now in its 30th year, the organisation has been dedicated to keeping the town tidy as well as encouraging schools to get involved in environmental projects.

Over the years it has also won trophies, gold medals and awards for entering the South West in Bloom competition.

Last year, the group entered five locations in the Neighbourhood Class, which again brought awards to the town.

Ms Ward said: “As cuts to Taunton Deane’s parks budget bite, we have tried to fill the gaps with support from Wellington Town Council.

“We do not just pay for hanging baskets in Lancer Court. We do our best to plant bulbs, remove brambles from over grown paths, take down fly posting which disfigures the town, repair and repaint the wooden planters and encourage the schools with their environmental projects, as well as support the nature reserves at the Basins and Swains Lane.

“We also maintain the Peace Garden at the rear of the Quaker Meeting House, reclaim a waste area and plant with fruit trees, to enhance the town, help the economy and make Wellington an attraction for visitors.

“We have much going for us in this town. However, all this ‘spade-work’ has been shared by a dedicated group of volunteers over many years.

“All of us are now getting older, and are no longer able to do the physical work involved.”

Wellington in Bloom’s annual general meeting is on Thursday, March 13 at 7pm in Bulford Community Centre. All are welcome to attend and offer your services.

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