Coventry in Bloom as judges come to city

By Matthew Bates 10/07 Updated: 10/07 12:12

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JUDGES from a national competition to find the country's most beautiful areas have visited Coventry.

The city has entered into the Heart of England in Bloom campaign and welcomed the judges to War Memorial Park yesterday (Monday).

They checked out floral displays and met with friends of War Memorial Park, who have helped transform the grounds for their arrival.

In 2011, the city picked up a gold award and earned special praise for its green areas and floral displays.

And this year it is again aiming to be named a winner in the large city category.

The entry is a joint bid from Coventry's Business Improvement District, The Landscape Group and the Council.

Lynnette Kelly, cabinet member for city development, said: "We take great pride in entering the Bloom campaign every year, seeing communities come together to celebrate horticultural achievement at its best throughout Coventry.

"This year is very special for the city.

"Not only are we staging football for London 2012, but we are also undergoing major redevelopment work in the city centre to improve the pedestrianised spaces for visitors and residents alike."

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