Familiar Tamworth faces to be removed for annual spruce up

Some familiar faces around Tamworth will disappear in June, but they’ll soon be back pride of place after their annual spruce-up.

The town’s popular 3D floral figures are being taken away for refurbishment and replanting to ensure they look their best for this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition.

The First World War soldier on the Moor Street traffic island and the Saxon warrior and running man in the Castle Grounds have become firm favourites with residents and visitors alike and have appeared in hundreds of photographs.

The larger-than-lifesize figures form a key part of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign and have helped the borough to win gold for the past eight years.

Although they will disappear from the street scene for several weeks, they will be back in plenty of time to welcome the Heart of England in Bloom judges when they visit the town on Tuesday, July 17.

Constructed using a metal frame, the figures are then stuffed full of hundreds of succulent sempervivum, sedum, and alternanthera plants. Replanting will again be carried out by the R C Smith nursery in Mancetter.

Andrew Barratt, Tamworth Borough Council’s Chief Operating Officer, said:  “Our floral figures have become a popular Tamworth feature and we always get asked what’s happened to them when they are taken for their annual spruce up. They will be disappearing next month, but don’t worry; we’ll soon have them back and looking better than ever, ready to wow the judges again.”

This year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign will celebrate three very important anniversaries with the theme – ‘Homecoming 2018’:- 100 years since the end of WW1, 100 years since the Girl Guides were formed in Tamworth and the1100th anniversary of ‘The Lady of the Mercians’, Aethelflaed’s death in Tamworth.

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign, or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk.