Leighton-Linslade in Bloom
The Town Council is proud to have been a participant in the annual “Anglia in Bloom” initiative for a number of years. The Council’s Grounds and Environmental Services team works in partnership with local volunteer groups throughout the year to make our town as attractive and colourful as possible. The Council funds and maintains the annual summer bedding displays, hanging baskets and planters across the town.
The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom are a friendly, informal group of keen gardeners who have created and maintain the two beautiful community gardens in Pages Park and Linslade Recreation Ground, the drought garden on West Street and help to maintain other areas such as the beds at the North Street roundabout. The group holds plant stalls and creates an annual calendar to raise funds for local charities and also works in partnership with local schools and businesses.
If you would like to volunteer with the Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom please contact us.
In summary, the ‘In Bloom’ Team in the past few years is proud to have created… a more beautiful town “in bloom” with more planting, costing less and is proud that our campaigns have seen a;
- Over 400% increase in money raised for charity
- Over 100% increase in sustainable planting
- Over 30% increase in biodiversity
- Over 50% increase in community involvement
Achievements and Goals for the Future
Through the Leighton-Linslade in Bloom initiative we have encouraged and brought together business, organisations and volunteers to support and help develop floral, sustainable and environmental habitat areas across Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.
Our key achievements and goals for the future are:
- To work closely with Leighton-Linslade Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.
- To continue our close working relationship with local environmental groups.
- To take every opportunity to enhance biodiversity and conservation and expand the wildflower and natural planting in support of bee populations.
- Encourage even more participation from residents and community groups.
- Seek new gateway features for the Parish that will highlight the cultural, economic and historical aspects of the towns.
- Continue with our programme of more permanent and sustainable ‘green planting’ features.
- Encourage schools and youth organisations to take part and bring their energy to the campaign.
- Seek more sponsorship and involvement from local businesses.
- Continually encourage more involvement from the community to ensure the future success of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom and increase the involvement of The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom.
- Continue to support Community Garden projects.
- Continue to support local charities.