Farm shop boss steps up to the mark and saves the day for Wisbech in Bloom volunteers

FARM Shop boss Richard Smith has come to the rescue of Wisbech in Bloom by offering a new home for volunteer efforts.

For some years Wisbech in Bloom volunteers have used greenhouses at the College of west Anglia to grow plants and prepare hanging baskets.

But with changes at the college under way, the volunteers were squeezed out and needed a new home.

Mr Smith, who runs a farm shop, heard of their plight and offered to help- much to the relief of volunteers.

Brian Massingham, Wisbech In Bloom chairman, said: “We are very grateful for the use of the facilities at the college over the years, however, the future has become increasingly uncertain and we have been looking for an alternative site for some time. “We were over the moon when Mr Smith heard offered us space”

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On Friday Wisbech In Bloom volunteers, representatives from the town council, Fenland Council and sponsors, gathered at Smith’s Farm Shop at Cromwell Road on Friday to launch their 2012 Anglia in Bloom campaign and mark the opening of their new growing facilities.

Volunteers have put up two 50 feet-long poly tunnels and connected a water supply. The framework was provided by Mr Smith and the rest of the materials were bought with funding from the town council.

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Mr Smith said: “As a Wisbech-based grower and retailer I am pleased to be able to help the team.”

The team hope to win their fifth consecutive gold award and retain the best large town in the region accolade.

Volunteers can join the effort by calling Mr Massingham on (01945) 461618 or Penny Stocks on (01945)581208.

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