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Sunday 18 August 2019

FLOWER POWER

WEXFORD IN BLOOM FESTIVAL BRIGHTENS UP THE TOWN

WHOEVER thought 'flower power' went out of fashion in the 1970s was proven wrong last week when the Wexford in Bloom Festival was rolled out through the town.

A wide variety of events were organised by the local committee, all with a view to encouraging the public to become more aware of their surroundings and take an active interest in maintaining the local environment.

A special book reading and face painting at 'The Little Book Worms Corner' in the Book Centre and a spectacular children's workshop and youth theatre event, facilitated by the Corish-Wallace Performing Arts School, were two events which went along way towards keeping the children occupied.

Meanwhile, 'Wexford Town Tree Trail' run by Monica Crofton of Wexford walking tours and the 'What Blooming Laugh' comedy night with Wexford Improv Group went down very well with the adults.

Fun and games aside, there was a very informative and educational aspect to this year's festival. The ' Save Money, Save Energy' talk at Joyce's Electric was highly commended by the attendees. Mindful of the difficult economic climate, the talk illustrated simple cost saving measures which can help save the pennies whilst protecting the planet also.

Of course what would Wexford in Bloom be without a burst of colour. Bearing that in mind, Helen Battigan held an insightful flower arranging demonstration at Wexford Town Library.

Other green-fingered ' bloom heads' were singled out for recognition at the festival's award ceremony in the Credit Union on Friday night. Often perceived as the pinnacle of the annual festival, the ceremony was truly a night of celebration as some of the finest gardeners throughout the town were recognised for their outstanding contribution to making Wexford a more beautiful town.

Helen Corish Wylde, Joint Chairperson of the committee, explained that these awards recognise civic engagement demonstrated by the entrants and the ceremony is an opportunity for their families and friends to come together and join in the celebration of their success.

Awards were dished out under a variety of categories including best community garden project and small domestic garden. The judging is carried out by a professional judge who adheres to a strict criteria in their selection of the winners. Aside from the tradition Gold, Silver and Bronze awards a large number of commendations were made to other entrants who narrowly missed the grade for the top three.

Although the festival has come to an end the committee stressed that it will continue to work throughout the year, in association with the local Tidy Towns committee and Wexford Borough Council, to tackle environmental issues throughout Wexford town and its environs.

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