Mayor plants flowers fit for royalty
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton took the time on Friday 30 May to put the finishing touches to the flowerbed prepared by Mansfield District Council's Parks Service for display at the Royal Horticultural Society's Tatton Park Flower Show (held on 23-27 July 2008).
The flowerbed will form part of Mansfield's entry: The Albert Sorby Buxton collection; designed by Dave Bannister from Mansfield District Council Parks Service and is a floral tribute to the watercolour artist A S Buxton, who returned to Mansfield from Slade School, London, to become head of the local art school.
The display incorporates an artist's pallet viewed through a picture frame creating a living scene with a stream and a bridge.
Mansfield has a first-class reputation at the show; having scooped both gold and silver awards in previous years.
The Mayor and councillors in attendance will also have also witnessed preparations for Mansfield in Bloom 2008.; an annual event led by Mansfield District Council in conjunction with local schools, partners, businesses, residents and community groups across the district and forms Mansfield's entry to the regional East Midlands in Bloom, for which judging takes place in early July.
Following our success in this competition last year; Mansfield has also been invited through to the national Britain in Bloom competition. Judging for this will take place in early August.
With these dates fast approaching; the Central Nursery is currently a hive of activity with activities to transform the District with several projects currently ongoing, including:
- Preparations for a flowerbed for Titchfield Park designed by local school children
- Our vast range of bedding plants for our district and outside contracts
- Our sponsored hanging baskets and planters being prepared.
Mansfield District's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, commented:
"The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of Mansfield both nationally and internationally. It is fitting that, as Executive Mayor, I should take part in the preparations for the event."
"Mansfield in Bloom is a huge undertaking for our staff in the Parks Service and this visit has provided an opportunity for our councillors and I to see at first hand the vast amount of effort involved in masterminding the transformation our district into a floral haven."
For more information on Mansfield in Bloom, please visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/mansfieldinbloom.