Ilkeston - In Bloom
w/e 04 August
Ilkeston is a regular contender in the annual Royal
Horticultural Society's Britain In Bloom Competition and
2002 was no exception. Most approaches to the town were marked
with a fine flower arrangement like this one on Derby Road.
Many of the lighting columns in the town centre were also decorated
"hanging basket" style with sponsorship being provided
by local individuals or businesses.
Late evening sunshine in the early part of the week (before the
rains came) gave people the opportunity to sit in Victoria Park
and admire the flower beds that had been expertly prepared by
Council's Parks and Leisure Department.
The geraniums in this bed also at Victoria Park looked wonderful
when I took this photo but since then the heavy rain has dashed
them down and most of the colour has disappeared. The building
opposite across the road is Victoria Court, a residential retirement
home. The site on which it stands used to be the home of the
Miner's Welfare Institute.
These raised beds outside the Fire Station at the junction of
Oakwell Drive and Derby Road are just three of several dotted
about the town. A strategically placed seat is the ideally placed
to view the flowers.
And in front of the Town Hall in the Market Place, a small railway
wagon provides a novel container for yet another display to brighten
the town. Ilkeston did not win through to the finals of the competition
but the efforts of the Council workers have not passed by unappreciated.