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In 2019 BOB began the year helping Ide Verde, the council contractor, plant new trees in the park.  We also worked hard with other volunteer groups to clear overgrowth by the river.  The Spring saw us oiling our planters (with oil donated by Wickes) and cleared more weeds along the river bank. Volunteers from BOB and the University of Northampton collected lots of litter during the Great British Spring Clean.  The summer welcomed growing numbers of people joining our Sunday morning health walks.  BOB had a stall at the RSPCA dog show and the Northampton beer festival.  We installed our planted shoes again, but with a sports theme, to celebrate Northampton in Bloom.  Our second Mela took place in July, with thanks to Northampton Borough Council,  the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Police and Northampton Inter Faith Forum for funding the event.  Although we weren't blessed with the same weather as 2017, many people still came out to enjoy the local community performances of dance, song and music.  With money raised by BOB and the local Sikh community, we prepared an area in the park to sow a Wildflower Meadow.  After meeting with James McInerney we installed boards in the park displaying his poetry for people to enjoy.  To continue our family events we held a pumpkin hunt on Halloween and our yearly Christmas Elf Door hunt took place in December. Our hard work paid off in Northampton in Bloom with another Gold award and with a new noticeboard and BOB banners in the park we are able to let even more people know about our continuing work in Beckets Park and Midsummer Meadow. 

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