Why we need flowers in Lynton and Lynmouth.
In this area, we rely very heavily on our visitors to bring money into our community, by staying in our hotels and guesthouses, eating in our restaurants and buying from our shops. Most of the jobs in the area are directly related to tourism, in one way or another.
If you arrive in a town or village and you see beautiful containers and hanging baskets full of brightly coloured flowers on buildings, in car parks and along streets – then you know it is somewhere, which is well cared for, where people care about the area and really love it. It gives a feeling of wellbeing and happiness, people feel comfortable and safe and this in turn makes them want to stay.
We are lucky to live in a beautiful place, with amazing woodland, moors, rivers and coastline and this brings people to us in their droves. However, if we want them to stay here and to return year after year, we need to do that little bit more to make our villages seem more appealing than anywhere they visit.
However, it is not just about our visitors, making our villages look amazing is great for everyone who lives here too. The baskets and containers really lift the spirits and make people smile – that has to be a good thing, doesn’t it?
The beautiful floral displays, which Lynton and Lynmouth were very famous for, over the years have become smaller, with less done each year – due mainly to lack of funding. These displays need to be continued and if possible returned to the scale of years gone by.
With enough funds we would like to replace ALL plastic troughs and planters with wood and stone. These would be sustainably sourced from our local surroundings, with the assistance and support of the Exmoor National Park and the National Trust, or any local farms and land-owners.
It is our intention to have planters filled with plants all year round for the ongoing enjoyment of our community.
The Campaign Team behind Lyn In Bloom are; Suzette Hibbert, Rebecca Jackson (ENP) and Jason Broughton (Highcliffe House)