Photos taken in Nottingham to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom have gone on show at John Lewis Nottingham.
The exhibition – ‘Evergreen in Bloom’ – will be displayed in The Place To Eat on the third floor of the Victoria Centre store for six weeks. It features a selection of photos taken by adults with learning disabilities who are part of the Evergreen Creative and Performing Arts Project based at Springwood Day Centre in Mapperley.
Group members were supported by professional photographer Tracey Whitefoot on a series of visits to parks and open spaces, Nottingham City Council Nursery, the city centre and Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens to capture aspects of the 2014 Bloom campaign.
Pauline Beavis, a Care Worker from Evergreen, says: “The group from Evergreen are always enthusiastic photographers, but taking pictures outside the centre has given them a real confidence, and a sense of pride at being involved in a larger project that celebrates Britain in Bloom.”
Nottingham has been at the forefront of the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘in Bloom’ campaign for more than 20 years.
Councillor Malcolm Wood, Chair of the Nottingham in Bloom Working Group, says: “Evergreen in Bloom is an excellent example of how everyone can enjoy getting involved. The exhibition at John Lewis will showcase their artistic talents to a wide audience and is also a great way of celebrating the work that goes on all year round to make our city bloom.”
Amanda Dammers, Head Of Branch at John Lewis Nottingham, says: “We are delighted that we are able to support the Evergreen Creative and Performing Arts Project. Our Place to Eat restaurant is popular with customers and it is great that we can use our shop space for the benefit of the community. Our customers will be treated to beautiful displays of the local area that will also share and promote information about their local community.”