Residents and community groups in east Hull are being urged to say it with flowers and bring some colour into the neighbourhood for this year’s Park Area in Bloom. The charity Environmental & Management Solutions (EMS) Ltd is running the competition which this year has been funded by the Park Area Ward Councillors and is delivered in partnership with the Park Area Team. Park Area in Bloom is open to residents, businesses, community groups and schools and it is part of the overall city-wide competition, Hull in Bloom.

Martha Wilson of Belle Vue in Southcoates West is a dedicated gardener and has been entering Park Area in Bloom for a number of years with great success. Martha is so committed to gardening she now has a number of her neighbours sprucing up the street with colourful displays. Despite Martha spending hours tending her own front and back gardens she still takes the time to help her neighbours plan and build theirs, she is a one women flower planting army!

Martha said “We are only a small street and a splash of colour really makes a difference it lifts the area as well as people’s spirits. I love gardening and would happily do it twenty four – seven, even though the weather has been so bad this year to the point where it may have hampered the time I’ve been able to spend in the garden but it hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm and I am really looking forward to Park Area in Bloom this year.”

The competition categories are:

Best Displays by a public house, commercial organisation, community group, and school;

Best Front, Back or Full Garden; and Allotment Garden;

Best Planted Container or Hanging Basket;

Best Contribution to Wildlife.

The closing date is Friday 5 July and judging will take place the following week, with an awards ceremony at the Freedom Centre, Preston Road Village Centre, in mid-October. Park Area winners will also go forward to the city-wide Hull in Bloom competition and the winners of this are announced during September in a ceremony at the Guildhall.

EMS Chief Executive Jan Boyd says: “The level of entry and the work people put into their gardens goes from strength to strength and I really look forward to judging and talking to entrants on how they design their gardens and source their plants. I have learnt over the years that people don’t have to spend a lot to produce fantastic displays, the competition costs nothing to enter and colourful plants and flowers have a hugely positive environmental impact on the area.”

“The Park Area did fantastic in the city-wide Hull in Bloom Awards in 2012 with six overall winners. Since we started running the competition in 2004 we have had over 115 gardens entered and I am very grateful to the Park Area ward Councillors for supporting this year’s competition.”

Entry forms are available from EMS on 01482 709810, email


Residents of Hull’s Longhill Ward are invited to come along to Green Prosperity Road-Show on Wednesday 17th April 2013.

The aim of the road-show is to visit residents in their neighbourhoods to explain about the Green Prosperity project.

Green Prosperity is a Big Lottery funded project comprising of the East Hull based organisations Environmental & Management Solutions (EMS) Ltd, Preston Road NDC Ltd, Probe (Hull) Ltd, Hull Warm Zone, Hull City Council, East Hull Community Farm, Hull College and the local community

On Wednesday 17th April the bus will visit the following locations within Longhill:

9:30am – 11:30am Greenwich Avenue Shops

12noon –2:15pm Longhill Link-Up

2:30pm – 4:30pm Thanet Primary School

Residents who visit the bus will be able to:

Plant up and take home a FREE Hanging Basket

Pick up FREE a Flush Saver from Yorkshire Water

Have their dogs micro-chipped for FREE by the Dog Warden Team
(10am-11.30am only)

Talk to representatives of Hull Warmzone to find out about FREE Green Deal
Assessments for their homes and FREE Loft & Cavity Wall insulation offers

Sign up for a FREE energy survey from EMS to help them reduce their energy bills & save money

Get FREE Advice on Growing their own Food & Reducing Waste

Meet local Housing Officers & the Neighbourhood Nuisance Team to discuss the issues affecting their neighbourhood

Sign up to volunteer for the Green Prosperity project

Find out about the development of community allotments in their area

Jan Boyd Chief Executive of EMS Ltd said “The road-show concept gives us the opportunity to go out and meet up with residents so they don’t even have to leave their street. The Humber Forum Environment Bus is an ideal vehicle for doing this with disabled access, lots of seating and a friendly welcome. I hope the residents of Southcoates come out to see us and take advantage of all the free resources on offer”.