Chatteris in Bloom
Across the constituency it is clear that lockdown has inspired some seriously green fingers. Spring is only just rearing its head but you can see the efforts that people have been making with their gardens while they’ve been at home. For the volunteers and committee of the Chatteris in Bloom team, this isn’t confined to their own gardens but spreads throughout the town. Chatteris has been selected to take part in the 2021 RHS Britain in Bloom competition, representing the Anglia region – fantastic recognition of the team’s hard work over a number of years. I visited to meet chairman Tina Prior and see what they were planning to win over the judges, who will be looking at how the team brings the community together. There are several projects including work at Wenny roundabout, which is already well underway, and a June art trail of plant pot sculptures. We also talked about the importance of bees and insects for biodiversity and while there I helped install a couple of bug boxes. Well done to Tina, garden co-ordinator Nick Kirk and all the volunteers. I’m sure the judges will be as inspired as I was.