Brightening up the streets of B’bridge for summer

Blooming marvellous! Coun Goss and Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade president Barbara Lambert-Hill with some of the hanging baskets now on show in the town.
Blooming marvellous! Coun Goss and Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade president Barbara Lambert-Hill with some of the hanging baskets now on show in the town.

Green-fingered volunteers are helping to brighten up the streets of Boroughbridge this summer as part of a new community project.

Coun John Goss founded the Brighter Boroughbridge initiative with the help of his wife Hazel after he raised the issue of the area’s appeal and attractiveness at a town council meeting.

Mrs Goss told the Gazette: “John had been feeling for a long time, especially since the celebrations for theJubilee last year, that Boroughbridge didn’t shine as much as other towns and villages.

“We had an initial meeting to do something about it which was quite well attended, so we decided to have a second meeting and get a proper group going with a constitution. That’s how Brighter Boroughbridge was formed.”

The husband and wife team has recruited a group of volunteers and is working with local organisations, including Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade, to improve floral displays and keep the town’s streets looking their best during the busy summer months.

An initial grant from the Boroughbridge Lions helped to get the project up and running, along with support from Harrogate Borough Council’s parks and gardens team.

Businesses have also been keen to get involved and many have taken up the offer of displaying some extra floral hanging baskets for the summer.

“Harrogate Council already provides so many hanging baskets because we’re in their area,” said Mrs Goss. “There are also another 25 which can be bought at a reduced rate. That’s where Brighter Boroughbridge and Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade came in – we encouraged the businesses to buy the extra baskets and get things looking even better.

“All the flowers are just blooming, so they’re really starting to look lovely now.”

Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade president Barbara Lambert-Hill said: “It was really nice for those of us who had never been asked if we wanted a basket to be able to say ‘Yes please!’

“We’ve got them all over town now, outside lots of the businesses.”