COMMUNITY newspaper and website LymeOnline is planning to re-launch the Lyme in Bloom competition for local gardeners.
Up until recent years, an annual competition was held for gardens of all sizes and varieties to be judged in a number of categories, with a prizegiving held in the Guildhall.
LymeOnline plans to resurrect the popular event in 2019, and hopes Lyme can improve its floral displays to enter the regional South West in Bloom competition in three years time.
The company intends to set up a voluntary committee of residents, businesses, gardening enthusiasts and a representative of the town council to take the scheme forward, with sponsorship already offered from one local business.
Entering the South West in Bloom competition in 2022 would require the council to undertake a three-year planting scheme in Langmoor and Lister Gardens and in other public areas across the town in preparation, which may require an additional gardening budget or an extra member of staff.
Town councillors offered their initial support to the scheme at last week’s Town Management & Highways Committee meeting.
Councillor Jeff Scowen commented: “I think this is a great idea. With our location we really should make more of our floral displays. I’m dead in favour of putting resources into getting this award.”
However, some concerns were raised about the amount of resources and work it would take to prepare the town for South West in Bloom, with some members saying it would take longer than three years.
Councillor John Broom said that Langmoor and Lister Gardens would have to be completely dug out, as they currently looked “like a forest”.
Councillor Stan Williams added that the entrances to the town were a “mess” and the road verges were a “disaster”.
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, said organisers would have to look into exactly what was required to enter the South West in Bloom competition, and suggested they speak to neighbouring towns that had previously entered.
“It’s a lot of work,” she added.
“It’s all well saying it’s just one more gardener, but you need to consider ratepayers’ money. Is that what they really want us to spend it on?”
Councillor Scowen replied: “Yes, the love beautiful flowers!”
Councillors agreed in principle to support the scheme.