I am a helper with the MHiBV group and I thought other slu3a members might find it interesting to see the work that the ‘Bloomers’ do and what goes on behind the scenes. (Dave Martin)


There will be two interviews, one dealing with what happens around town, and a second one, next month, which will look at what is happening in Welland Park.





Town planting locations and the RHS East Midlands in Bloom Competition

  1. How long has Market Harborough in Bloom [MHiB] been in existence?

The organisation was formed in 1996 and started with just six hanging baskets in town.

  1. How many planting locations are there in town and how often are they planted?

There are over 100 planting locations, the most obvious of which are the large blue planters in the town centre and also along Saint Mary’s Road and outside the market building. The largest is the circular planter behind the Old Grammar School. Planters are changed twice a year for summer and winter interest. All the hanging baskets in St Mary’s Place are planted up by MHiB volunteers. The Canal Basin is also lovingly maintained by Ann Hartley, one of your own slu3a members!

  1. Who actually tends them?

There are around 20 MHiB Volunteers. The Bloomers consider themselves very lucky to have the use of a compound, greenhouse and polytunnel in Welland Park.

  1. How well does Market Harborough do in the East Midlands in Bloom competition?

There are a lot of other entrants in the Large Town category and the competition is fierce. Nevertheless, Market Harborough has been an East Midlands gold award winner over the past ten years. The town has also entered Britain in Bloom three times.

  1. What are the latest developments to be seen around town?

We are always looking for something new. This year, look out for a different colour scheme for each side of St Mary’s Road. A first this year is the planting of grasses in the Market Square, which you might see waving in this naturally windy spot.  By the church look for annual climbers on the triple planters. Also new, notice the planted chairs dotted about [do tell the shopkeepers how much you like them as they are watering them and taking them in at night!]. The Baptist Church on Coventry Road has been inspired to install two new planters with some MHiB support. There are MHiB hanging baskets and planting at the Cricket Club and also, working in partnership with NHS staff at St Luke’s Hospital [and necessitating volunteering on a weekend] , the creation of two floral beds and a small wildflower area.

Winter planting in the Mini Arboretum (Photo courtesy of the Harborough Mail)

  1. How can people get involved?

Volunteers are always welcome. You do not have to be a “gardener”, just keen. Volunteers attend on Monday and/or Wednesday mornings throughout the year.

MHiB are happy to receive donations [one of the Harborough Lotto organisations that can be nominated] but also value donated tools, plants etc.

Find out more on the website  and follow every week on Facebook – Market Harborough in Bloom.


Thank you Susan. Next month …Welland Park and the Mini Arboretum



Judging in 2019.

Early planting at Saint Luke’s Hospital (Photo courtesy of the Harborough Mail)


Town centre planting.

And where’s this?

Happy days in the Mini Arboretum 2019. Volunteers celebrating the new signage.