A RALLYING call has gone out to the people of Halesowen to help spruce up the town before the Britain in Bloom inspection.

Two judges will scrutinize the town’s floral displays, upkeep and general tidiness on Monday July 21.

Halesowen in Bloom chairman, Cornbow Shopping Centre manager Eve O’Connor is appealing for the community to get behind the bid and help.

She said: “We have a number of opportunities for volunteer groups and associations to participate in projects around the town prior to judging.”

Mrs O’Connor is also urging people to volunteer to litter pick and help spruce up the town centre on Sunday July 20, the day before the judges arrive.

They will take a walk around to view the floral arrangements and meet community groups who have supported Halesowen in Bloom.

A presentation to explain future plans for the project will also be given to the judges.

As part of the preparations, the Earls roundabout is to be planted with trees sponsored by Sandvik as part of the company’s 100 year celebrations of being in the UK.

Dudley Council is also planning to plant poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Mrs O’Connor said a family treasure hunt planned for two weeks in July was “going well”, with just a few places left for any school or group that would like to create an imaginary plant to be hidden in a shop.

For further details, including donations, offers of help, or to sponsor a memorial hanging basket, contact Mrs O’Connor on either 0121 5855495 or eve@cornbow.co.uk