The award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. The organisation brings together volunteers of all ages and abilities to develop green spaces, plant colourful displays and encourage pride in their town. The award is particuarly poignant for Ware in Bloom as it marks the tenth anniversary of the organisation, which is also being celebrated with new displays throughout Ware.
Jan, organiser for Ware in Bloom since 2008, said, "when we were told we have been successful in our nomination we were over the moon. It's a lovely way for the whole team to be recognised for the work they do in the town". A regular volunteer added, "the floral displays throughout the town provide a significant feel-good factor, fostering a community spirit... the displays are colourful and attractive, but equally important is the development of a community ethos of civic care, whether that be by work carried out by the core team of gardeners, financial support by local business interests or indeed by the numerous "thank yours" we get from individuals.
The volunteers will be rewarded with an invitation to attend the Royal Garden Party and a signed certificate from The Queen, presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.
HRC is proud to serve the Ware community and is confident all those who travel to Ware to attend our campus enjoy the displays provided by this hard-working team. We offer our sincere congratulations to Jan and the team and look forward to another ten years of beautiful blooms.