Threat to bloom contest

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


WIGHT in Bloom is in danger of dying after organisers failed to find new sponsorship.

Competition organiser, Peggy Jarman, from Seaview, said: "In the past we have had support from MiracleGro, then from Wightlink and more recently from the IW Council, but this year they have all declined to help fund the project.

"We only need £3,000 to run the competition and I do hope that all those who want to see the Island at its best and as a flourishing tourist destination will think of how they can help out."

Sponsorship enables voluntary groups to buy plants for their communities and for organisers to stage an awards evening.

Mayor of Ryde Cllr Wayne Whittle, who last year accepted first prize on behalf of the town, said: "Wight in Bloom has in past years been a real crowd puller for the Island, encouraging our towns and villages to put on their Sunday best for our visitors and brightening up the whole Island.

"We all benefit from a more colourful environment and a boost to the tourist trade."

The Tory IW Council spokesman for tourism said: "The end of this competition will be one more nail in the coffin of the Island as a great tourist destination."

Potential sponsors can contact Mrs Jarman on 615944.



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by Anthony Vain

6th March 2014, at 16:56:56

I am currently working offshore in Angola but will be back on the Island in March. If sponsors are still needed I will happily help out. As a publican it was always a good incentive to make the best of the town. Please let Mrs Jarman know there will be sponsorship this year and I'll call when I am able.

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by Mike Crowe

6th March 2014, at 16:42:31


Does this need to be 'sponsored' other than for promotional and advertising purposes for the company/business?

If I wish to enter into the Island in Bloom I would be quite prepared to fund it myself AND pay an entrance fee towards a prize.

I feel that someone has got something wrong and that in the name of "The Isle Of Wight" things could be done better.


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6th March 2014, at 16:21:41

Who makes the most out of all the bedding for the baskets and borders. B&Q I bet. Go on give them a ring.

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