Every year the volunteers of Shaftesbury in Bloom work tirelessly with the businesses and community to make sure the High Street and surrounding areas look bright, colourful and inviting for the residents and visitors to our beautiful hilltop market town.
We made the decision to carry on with the town centre displays this year, even though the High Street was closed to business at the time, in the hope that if and when the shops and businesses were allowed to reopen the town would be bright and welcoming. That plan is coming to fruition, and as I type our volunteers have taken delivery of and installed over 100 window boxes, barrels, troughs and planters. The town is going to look fantastic.
It's a lot of hard work which we happily undertake, but it is also a very expensive exercise costing many thousands of pounds each year to install.
Traditionally this cost is met, in the most part by donations from local businesses, for which we are always very grateful. It is a partnership that has worked so well for many years, but this year it is different. Many of those businesses have been forced to close for many many weeks, a lot are really struggling, and sadly some will not come back. So it doesn't seem right that we should look to them to cover all the cost, when they themselves are needing so much help from us.
Can you help?
Any donation, large or small, will be hugely appreciated, and will help ensure Shaftesbury emerges from this pandemic as healthy and vibrant as possible. All donations will be publicly acknowledged, if you so wish you can sponsor one of the window boxes or barrels, where we will attach a sponsorship label with your or your business's name.
Thank you for your time, and stay safe.
Shaftesbury in Bloom