No Britain in Bloom entry for Christchurch due to ‘lack of resources'

Bournemouth Echo: RESOURCES: New Zealand Gardens in Christchurch RESOURCES: New Zealand Gardens in Christchurch

A ‘LACK of resources’ means Christchurch council will not enter this year’s prestigious Britain in Bloom contest.

Concerns were raised by Independent councillor Colin Bungey at a full council meeting on Tuesday over the borough’s non-entry in this year’s competition.

Named the best town in 2001 by Southern England in Bloom judges, the town has been praised over the years for their displays.

Usually the council’s entry is organised by the tourism team but after staff cuts last year, the traditional entry for the popular competition has not been made.

Cllr Bernie Davis, responding to Cllr Bungey’s question about the entry said: “The competition criteria have changed significantly since the borough council first started to enter, and the emphasis is now as much on environmental issues and community involvement as it is about floral displays.

“The most successful towns these days are those where an independent community group lead the entry, raise funds and carry out the planting and environmental initiatives themselves.

“We have a good example of this in our partnership town of Wimborne where the district council has never had involvement in the competition entry which is planned and delivered entirely by volunteers.”

He said he hoped the entry next year would be led by a “community committee”.

But Cllr Bungey said: “My concern is that this could impact on tourism which we have heard many times is probably one of the largest employers in the borough.

“Many people do come to see the flowers. Having heard the reply, if we are trying to encourage community participation, can we not in some way help with financial aid?”

Cllr Davis replied: “The tourism team as it was, is no longer, and of course, it has been impossible this year. Next year, we will only be able to do it if we get the community to run it as we haven’t got the staff resources at the moment.”

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4:20pm Sat 12 Jul 14

billy bumble says...

Very sad - but understandable
Very sad - but understandable billy bumble
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Sat 12 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Great shame, pity the councillors couldn't chip in a bit from their high allowance pot. At least they would be doing some good ....IF ONLY,!!
Great shame, pity the councillors couldn't chip in a bit from their high allowance pot. At least they would be doing some good ....IF ONLY,!! skydriver
  • Score: 16

5:53pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.
I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense. Hessenford
  • Score: -9

6:23pm Sat 12 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Skint.
Skint. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Sat 12 Jul 14

twynhamob says...

Hessenford wrote:
I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.
It is called free advertising, if someone has not been to Christchurch before and on investigation can see that the town has been honoured for something such as this they are likely to come, but don't mention the traffic jams, or the parking costs.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.[/p][/quote]It is called free advertising, if someone has not been to Christchurch before and on investigation can see that the town has been honoured for something such as this they are likely to come, but don't mention the traffic jams, or the parking costs. twynhamob
  • Score: 9

6:37pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

twynhamob wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.
It is called free advertising, if someone has not been to Christchurch before and on investigation can see that the town has been honoured for something such as this they are likely to come, but don't mention the traffic jams, or the parking costs.
Yea right, the first thing I do when going on holiday is to check if my destination has won a flower show, as I said, an unaffordable expense these days, councils should stick to running services rather than this sort of rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.[/p][/quote]It is called free advertising, if someone has not been to Christchurch before and on investigation can see that the town has been honoured for something such as this they are likely to come, but don't mention the traffic jams, or the parking costs.[/p][/quote]Yea right, the first thing I do when going on holiday is to check if my destination has won a flower show, as I said, an unaffordable expense these days, councils should stick to running services rather than this sort of rubbish. Hessenford
  • Score: -8

9:07pm Sat 12 Jul 14

billy bumble says...

twynhamob wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.
It is called free advertising, if someone has not been to Christchurch before and on investigation can see that the town has been honoured for something such as this they are likely to come, but don't mention the traffic jams, or the parking costs.
Parking in Christchurch is VERY reasonable

Apart from Mayor's Mead and even that is not excessive
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: I fail to see how not winning a flower show would impact on tourism, if tourists want to come to Christchurch they will come for the weather and surroundings not some silly flower planting which is now an unaffordable expense.[/p][/quote]It is called free advertising, if someone has not been to Christchurch before and on investigation can see that the town has been honoured for something such as this they are likely to come, but don't mention the traffic jams, or the parking costs.[/p][/quote]Parking in Christchurch is VERY reasonable Apart from Mayor's Mead and even that is not excessive billy bumble
  • Score: -1

9:34pm Sat 12 Jul 14

High Treason says...

I was based at Christchurch works depot years ago. It is all a big con. They hire in extra road sweepers to sweep the route before the inspection, along with all litter pickers focused on the area. Council gardeners were told to hide out of the way. The water bowser watered all the show plants on the day and poor or damaged blooms replaced with fresh. One vast expense for a bit of prestige.
I was based at Christchurch works depot years ago. It is all a big con. They hire in extra road sweepers to sweep the route before the inspection, along with all litter pickers focused on the area. Council gardeners were told to hide out of the way. The water bowser watered all the show plants on the day and poor or damaged blooms replaced with fresh. One vast expense for a bit of prestige. High Treason
  • Score: 3

9:13am Sun 13 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

High Treason wrote:
I was based at Christchurch works depot years ago. It is all a big con. They hire in extra road sweepers to sweep the route before the inspection, along with all litter pickers focused on the area. Council gardeners were told to hide out of the way. The water bowser watered all the show plants on the day and poor or damaged blooms replaced with fresh. One vast expense for a bit of prestige.
A bit like Bournemouth Council kicking out all the skanks and druggies from the beach area during the Air Festival, then letting Boscombe, Townsend and Kinson rot through lack of police and council staff?
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: I was based at Christchurch works depot years ago. It is all a big con. They hire in extra road sweepers to sweep the route before the inspection, along with all litter pickers focused on the area. Council gardeners were told to hide out of the way. The water bowser watered all the show plants on the day and poor or damaged blooms replaced with fresh. One vast expense for a bit of prestige.[/p][/quote]A bit like Bournemouth Council kicking out all the skanks and druggies from the beach area during the Air Festival, then letting Boscombe, Townsend and Kinson rot through lack of police and council staff? Controversial But True
  • Score: 2

10:11am Sun 13 Jul 14

dobrojoe says...

I had a day trip to London this week and on coming back to Christchurch and seeing all the flowers instead of concrete and rubbish lifted my spirits enormously and reminded me how much better our quality of life.
I had a day trip to London this week and on coming back to Christchurch and seeing all the flowers instead of concrete and rubbish lifted my spirits enormously and reminded me how much better our quality of life. dobrojoe
  • Score: 4

11:56pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

High Treason wrote:
I was based at Christchurch works depot years ago. It is all a big con. They hire in extra road sweepers to sweep the route before the inspection, along with all litter pickers focused on the area. Council gardeners were told to hide out of the way. The water bowser watered all the show plants on the day and poor or damaged blooms replaced with fresh. One vast expense for a bit of prestige.
There goes your Council Pension/
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: I was based at Christchurch works depot years ago. It is all a big con. They hire in extra road sweepers to sweep the route before the inspection, along with all litter pickers focused on the area. Council gardeners were told to hide out of the way. The water bowser watered all the show plants on the day and poor or damaged blooms replaced with fresh. One vast expense for a bit of prestige.[/p][/quote]There goes your Council Pension/ Yankee1
  • Score: 2
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