A community group has decided not to enter a prestigious competition due to a shortage of green-fingered volunteers.
Members of Mosley Common In Bloom have been working hard to brighten up the area.
It’s so difficult to get people involved in the volunteering sideMaxine Abberley
They had considered taking the next step of entering the regional round of the Royal Horticultural Society’s In Bloom competition, after previously enjoying success in the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards.
Chairman Maxine Abberley said: “We have done the It’s Your Neighbourhood part of In Bloom and within three years we were achieving the highest score.
“This year we had considered going in the regional In Bloom competition. It would have been great because I think we have done enough to enter and we are constantly looking at more things.”
But members decided against it as they felt they did not have enough people to help to prepare for it.
Miss Abberley said: “This time unfortunately we have taken the decision we are not able to do In Bloom, which we are really disappointed about.”
She said people in Mosley Common have praised the group’s efforts, which have included flower beds, memorial benches and clearing an overgrown copse.
But there are only four people on the committee and they need more volunteers.
Miss Abberley said: “It’s so difficult to get people involved in the volunteering side. I think it’s because they are terrified they will have to go to meetings or be over-committed and it might take up their time on a regular basis.
“I know there are a lot of people who are very appreciative of what we do but getting them involved is another thing.”
She is now urging people to consider helping out when they can, with tasks such as litter picking, gardening and delivering newsletters.
Miss Abberley said: “It would be horrible for the group to close - it already feels like a step backwards to not enter In Bloom - but we need people.
“My message would be to do an hour when you can. If you can do three out of our six gardening days a year that’s fantastic, and if you do one, that’s fantastic too.”
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