Labour’s candidates for Oldfield and Westmoreland wards have launched a fundraising campaign to bring back Moorland Road in Bloom, and is looking for donations from locals.
The candidates are calling on local residents to join in and donate to help put pride back at the heart of the community.
Rachel Willis and Rebecca Shields, local council candidates for Oldfield and Westmoreland wards respectively, launched the fundraiser last week and are working in partnership with local shop owners to build support for the revival of the event.
Moorland Road in Bloom and the Flower Day Festival, where the road was previously closed off and local residents joined in the celebrations, have not taken place for a number of years since the former organiser Barry Cruse moved on to work with the Bath in Bloom project, which last year won gold and category winner for both the Britain in Bloom and South West in Bloom competitions.
Commenting, Rachel Willis said: “It would be really great to get this project up and running again on Moorland Road.
“Oldfield is one of the most diverse places in Bath to live and I think that to revive Moorland Road in Bloom would give the families and students that live in both Oldfield and Westmoreland and the visitors that come here the opportunity to come together and put pride at the heart of the community.”
Rachel and Rebecca launched the ‘Help us to Make Moorland Road Bloom Again’ campaign with local shop owners, who have agreed to have collection tins on their counter tops and donate tombola prizes in support of it.
Harry Wainwright, owner of the Oldfield Park Bookshop said: “I think the project is a terrific initiative and deserves everyone’s fullest support.
“Moorland Road has had a great floral history, with flower day being a highlight on the calendar for many years. Both Rachel and Rebecca deserve every credit for getting this project off the ground.
“It would be fantastic to bring flowers back to Moorland Road and I really hope this project is a huge success”.