Leighton-Linslade in Bloom, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom – 2019 International Finalist
Leighton Buzzard is a historic market town that has managed to retain its unique history and character, whilst still meeting the demands of a busy Town in the 21st century. A network of streets and shopping mews lead into Market Square, where the 19th century former Moot Hall and a fine 15th century Market Cross are located.
The splendid broad High Street, with many interesting buildings, leads to Church Square and the 13th century All Saints Church. The Grand Union Canal provides the back drop for the smaller town of Linslade. This once industrial artery now provides a variety of leisure pursuits, with colourful narrow boats taking advantage of the free mooring to visit the many, individual local shops.
In terms of local government, Leighton-Linslade is at the parish level and administered by Leighton-Linslade Town Council. It is directly responsible for services such as parks and open spaces. Other services, such as education, highways and social services, are provided by Central Bedfordshire Council. Leighton-Linslade’s Communities in Bloom campaign is led by a team of dedicated volunteers, supported in partnership by Leighton-Linslade Town Council.
The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom only exists because of our team of dedicated volunteers; this year’s campaign has been the most enjoyable yet! The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom are from all walks of life with a common interest to improve, enhance and sustain the environment for all who live, work in and visit Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. Members meet monthly to receive updates of projects and activities. Each member has a specific role to fulfil throughout the year and reports to each meeting. Meetings are lively and busy occasions. 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.
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