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Newquay in Bloom source 60 hanging baskets for Newquay

Newquay Town Council would like to extend its thanks to the Newquay in Bloom team for helping to secure 60 new hanging baskets for Newquay.

Newquay in Bloom are Newquay’s local group of volunteers that assist Newquay Town Council, Newquay BID, Cornwall Council and Cormac in keeping Newquay looking bright and beautiful throughout the year. The group managed to source a fantastic 60 hanging baskets from Truro City Council, which are due to be placed around the town on Friday 24 July 2020.

This comes after Newquay Town Council and Newquay BID were unable to obtain their usual array of hanging baskets for the town due to the pandemic. The Council’s supplier was placed on furlough leave and with peak growing season for the basket plants starting from early March, the tending work needed to ensure the baskets were fully grown and able to withstand the local conditions simply could not be undertaken. The ‘Stay at Home’ messaging was then implemented by the Government, and with no timeline in place for re-opening, it would have been irresponsible to prioritise ordering the hanging baskets and encouraging footfall in the town at this point in time.

Carla – Marie Jones, Newquay BID Manager says: ‘It’s wonderful to see collaborative working taking precedence again, ensuring that Newquay benefits. Adding some colour and vibrancy to the town on such short notice is admirable and I would like to extend my thanks to the suppliers, the installers and the Environment Service Team for the upcoming maintenance and care of these for the remainder of the season, without whom, none of this would be possible in such tight turnaround times. We are sure you can appreciate that due to the limited amount of baskets that were able to be sourced – Newquay Town Council took the decision that town wide, free standing hanging baskets in areas of greater footfall took priority. There were simply not enough to install the usual ‘trader baskets’. What is most important, is that Newquay is seen as welcoming, safe and continues to shine over the coming weeks. Some is far better than none in this instance and as always, working with what we have available to us during these challenging times is the priority.’

Newquay Town Council hopes it can continue working with Newquay BID and Newquay in Bloom to provide additional planting for the remainder of the year to ensure Newquay is as bright and colourful as it can be.

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