North Shropshire village in running to win Britain in Bloom

North Shropshire village in running to win Britain in Bloom in

The village of Norton in Hales near Market Drayton has reached the finals of the national Britain in Bloom competition this year after winning a gold award in the 2009 Heart of England in Bloom. It was chosen to represent the Midlands and judging of the village will take place on Tuesday 10th August starting at 9.00 am.

Malcolm McDonald, Secretary of Norton in Hales in Bloom, said “We were proud to win the Heart of England in Bloom village category last year and are keeping our fingers crossed that we repeat our winning performance of the Britain in Bloom competition from 2006. We are competing with villages from across the country.”

“The theme this year is Local Roots so we have looked at the history of Norton in Hales and the ironworking that took place on the River Tern just outside the village in the 17th and 18th century. The colour of the flowers has been chosen to reflect the flames of the forge. A flower bed has already been constructed in the grounds of Norton in Hales Church which has lumps of iron in its centre that have been dug up from the forge site and surrounded by red begonias, yellow African marigolds and silver dust cineraria to represent ash.”

“In addition to the judging on 10th August, the village will also be welcoming Swedish writer Arne Sundstrom to unveil a special plaque dedicated to Samuel Owen. Samuel Owen was born in Norton in Hales in 1774 and went on to become a leading industrialist in Sweden. He is regarded as the Thomas Telford of Sweden.”

Date Posted: 8th July 2010

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