The town of Immingham is once again in the horticultural spotlight following its success in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
The Immingham entry, which was supported by Associated British Ports (ABP), scooped the Gold Award and was category winner for the outstanding floral displays dotted around the town, its partnership working and sponsorship generation, and special mention was also given to the Washdyke Lane Conservation Area, which is also sponsored by ABP.
Mike Sellers, ABP Port Manager for Grimsby & Immingham was thrilled with the result.
He said: “We’re really proud to be a part of the community here in Immingham and we’re equally proud to have been involved in yet another successful in Bloom campaign for the town.
“I’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make the Immingham entries a success and I’m sure we can look forward to even more awards in the future.
This is not the first time Immingham has enjoyed success in the prestigious RHS in Bloom competitions. The town won a coveted Silver Gilt award in the National in Bloom event in 2014 – The RHS Britain in Bloom’s 50th Year – and the team was also awarded the RHS Britain in Bloom Young People’s Award, given to the finalist deemed to involve young people from across the community in the best way.
Elsewhere in the town, The County Hotel took the Silver Gilt Award in the Best Hotel/Pub Garden category, while the Immingham Community Recycling Centre on Queens Road was also awarded a Silver Gilt in the Best Retail/Commercial Category.
Alderney Way residents were recognised with a Judges Award for their well-maintained front gardens and open space featuring planters made from recycled materials. In addition, Coomb Briggs Primary school gained a Gold award and a special award for the best ornamental garden in the whole of the East Midlands.
Town councillor Stewart Swinburn is the head of the Immingham in Bloom committee and has been instrumental in securing sponsorship for the town’s entries and for coordinating volunteers. The Town Council staff, in particular, head horticulture officer, Tracey Knight were key to devising ever-more creative themes and displays.
Stewart said: “This is the culmination of months of hard work from a huge team of committee members, volunteers, residents, schools and our business partners including ABP, who have all pulled together to achieve another fantastic result for Immingham.
“The town looks beautiful and the pride that this process instils in this place is evident wherever you go. I’d personally like to thank each and every person that helped get the 2015 in Bloom campaign to this point and I’m hoping they’ll be willing to do it all over again for the 2016 competition as we have some exciting plans for next year’s event.”
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas. ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
- Handled over 1.6 million vehicles in 2014.
- Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- Has 1000 hectares of open storage
- Handled 94.5m tonnes of cargo in 2014
- Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
- Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 63 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 51 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£130-plus million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase created 100 employment opportunities.
The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.
The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.
More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.
Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.
The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over one million tonnes of cargo annually.