Skip to main content

Bloomin’ Boston

Plants and people flourishing in Lincolnshire

July 2017

Boston Big Local in Lincolnshire has supported a ‘Boston in Bloom’ scheme to improve the look and feel of the area and to build great relationships with the local council, businesses and residents.

By Barbara Arrandale, Big Local ambassador and resident of Grassland Hasmoor Big Local

When I heard about the Boston in Bloom scheme at a presentation at a Big Local Spring Event this year, it highlighted for me the great work that can be achieved when different groups, some statutory some voluntary, work together, without prejudice for the common good.

Boston in Bloom is not a new competition and the local council has always aimed to work closely with their community to deliver it. But it was clear to see that both these groups had received fresh inspiration from Boston Big Local’s work to support and promote the project.

Some of the improvements supported by Boston in Bloom and Boston Big Local
Some of the improvements supported by Boston in Bloom and Boston Big Local

 

Win-win collaboration

One questioner at the Spring Event session, asked why there had been increased community engagement with Bloomin’ Boston since Big Local came to town: ‘…surely this was the role of local councillors?’

I know from my own experience of Big Local, that local councillors only have a limited amount of time and a huge portfolio to manage. For them, engaging local residents through Big Local widens the net and means the offer is non-political, attractive and available to a much wider range of residents of all ages.

For Boston Big Local, funding Boston in Bloom activities helps them work towards the objective in their Big Local plan to ‘create a more attractive environment’. It also helps them to engage with more members of the local community and so grow the volunteer numbers needed to facilitate and deliver other projects such as the annual Boston Litter Pick. Several hundred residents participated in the litter pick in 2017 but collected much less rubbish than in previous years, indicating that the message to not drop litter is getting through.

Boston Big Local support Boston in Bloom because it brings lots of benefits to the local community on top of making the area more attractive

 

Putting Boston on the map

Boston in Bloom 2016 saw many more local businesses sponsoring displays and this has helped to transform the town centre and other parts of the town. Boston also got gold for the second year running in the East Midlands in Bloom competition 2016. This year Boston is hosting the East Midlands in Bloom Awards Ceremony, firmly putting the town on the ‘Bloomin Map’!

A legacy of teamwork

It was heartwarming to listen to the presentation. I know from my own area and conversations with other Big Local areas, that sometimes suspicion can surround all sides when different ‘bodies’ are thrown together with a new, volunteer resident-led group like Big Local. In Boston, the different factions are still autonomous but mutually supportive which can only be of immediate and lasting benefit to the town and its population.  

If Big Local is to have a legacy it may be along the lines of what Boston have shown… that only good can come out of conversation.


Find out more on the Boston Big Local website:
http://bostonbiglocal.co.uk/bloom-gold-2016/
http://bostonbiglocal.co.uk/blooming-lovely/

Latest

We’re busy moving office, to reach us today pls email instead of phoning. Normal service resumes Tuesday!… https://t.co/CtiTbmV5DV

1 day, 1 hour ago

Local Trust is moving office! Email is the best way to reach us for any queries until Tuesday 22 August https://t.co/Co3ok0QuHO

1 day, 19 hours ago

We’re moving! Please update your records

From Monday 21 August, the Local Trust office will move to CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR.

We will be unable to answer the phone on Friday 18 August and Monday 21 August: during this time please email us instead, info@localtrust.org.uk

After the move, our main telephone number will not change, it will remain 020 3588 0565.

There will be changes to the direct dial telephone numbers of some staff members.

Got it

We’re making changes to the website. Your feedback will help us improve the site. Your feedback: