Stone residents are being called on to give a pound towards the town’s bid for gaining national glory.
Stone in Bloom is preparing to fight off the likes of Glenrothes, Whitehaven and former national finalist Whickham in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition this year.
In 2011 Stone enjoyed great success in the competition: it’s most successful year yet, winning the overall gold award in the category for large town of Heart of England in Bloom.
The national judges will visit Stone in August to assess its appearance and community spirit and the Stone volunteers aiming for glory want to impress.
The group is asking all Stone residents to show their support and raise essential funds for floral displays and tools – by purchasing a Stone in Bloom badge for £1.
Featuring the flower from the Stone in Bloom logo, the enamel badges are being made in Kinver. A total of 42p from each badge will go towards Stone in Bloom funding which pays for the purchase and upkeep of tree and plant displays and resources required to keep Stone looking in pristine condition.
Stone in Bloom secretary Jill Hood said: “I think we have got an excellent chance of winning because of the people of Stone. Everyone pulls together and we have fabulous community spirit. We want every person who lives in Stone to give a pound in return for a badge and wear it for the competition week, which is the first week in August. Stone in Bloom is also calling on town businesses to stock the badges for their customers to buy, as well as more volunteers to help with the town beautification work.”
A number of local businesses are already supporting the group through their sponsorship of projects. Francis Collela, the landscaper, has designed a plant bed beneath the town centre plane tree at no cost and other projects for this year include more floral displays in the town centre and wildflower seed planting.
The Stone in Bloom group also operates its own competitions for town businesses and residents. The group raises its own funds and receives maintenance assistance from the Streetscene team of Stafford Borough Council, however, and is to apply for a grant of £2,000 from Stone Town Council.