WEXFORD IN BLOOM was launched in colourful fashion last Wednesday at the Riverbank House Hotel.
This year's festival takes place from July 11 to 17 and the committee are inviting all residents associations, owners of domestic gardens, beer gardens, commercial premises and schools to have a spring clean and start organising their flower beds, vegetable plots and all patches of greenery during the remainder of April and May.
The Entry Form for Wexford in Bloom Competition 2011 will be available in next week's Wexford People and entry forms will also be available from Wexford Borough Council from May 3. The closing date for entries is Friday, June 24.
'We look forward to as many entries as possible for our Wexford in Bloom competition to make this year's festival a success,' said a spokesperson.
'Wexford in Bloom aims to improve Wexford town and its environs, to make Wexford a cleaner, greener and more attractive place for our citizens and tourists alike. You can make a difference to your town by getting involved. It can be fun!'
The committee is currently putting the finishing touches to its programme of events for the festival, which will include a flower arranging demonstration; a gardening clinic; a cookery demonstration night; a tour of the National Heritage Park, including flora and fauna; wine tasting, a fun day for children in Redmond Park and, of course the Wexford in Bloom awards ceremony at Wexford Credit Union.
The spokesperson also thanked the Wexford in Bloom sponsors to date: Wexford Tidy Towns; Wexford Borough Council; Wexford Credit Union; The Riverbank House Hotel; Woodies DIY; The Corish Wallace School of Performing Arts; Buí Bolg and the Irish National Heritage Park.