Sweet smell of success as Immingham display wins gold at Tatton Flower Show

By Associated British Ports | Posted: 19 Jul 2018

ABP’s continued support of the ‘Immingham in Bloom’ project has now seen the group win a gold award after installing an impressively intricate port-themed floral display at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) flower show at Tatton Park this week. 

For the first time in the display team’s history, they were recommended by ‘Britain In Bloom’ judges to host a larger feature at the well-known flower show. Their hard work and collaborative efforts paid off yesterday (18th June) when judges awarded their installation a gold award in the Flower Power Bed category.

For the fifth consecutive year, ABP has proudly supported the ‘Immingham in Bloom’ initiative as its main sponsor. Last year, ABP was awarded a Silver Gilt for working with the community-led project, which decorated the port with hanging baskets and colourful planters.

‘In Bloom’ is a nationwide competition where local teams are challenged with creating and maintaining green spaces and floral displays for their communities to enjoy.

The ‘in Bloom’ team worked with engineering students from Goole College who were advised and assisted by ABP engineers to design and build a model vessel and crane, which was created to host an array of flowers and plants for the show.

Once the show has finished, the feature will be carefully removed and reinstalled on a dedicated site within the Port of Immingham estate.

Stewart Swinburn, Chair of Immingham in Bloom, said: “Without the support of ABP, it would be impossible for us to achieve this impressive feat. This particular feature allows us to depict Immingham’s story, telling the public about the port and also illustrating how the town and local industry support each other.”

Mark Frith, Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to work alongside the ‘Immingham in Bloom’ team. Everyone here at ABP is extremely proud of their efforts all year round but none more so than of their success at Tatton Park. The installation was a true reflection of successful collaborative working as our employees worked tirelessly alongside students and the In Bloom team to achieve this award. Congratulations to all involved.”

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