ORGANISERS behind Pershore's first bid for Britain in Bloom success are hoping town councillors will back their plans.

Project manager Jill Liley and fellow organiser Linda Davies, who both trained in horticulture at the town's college, met with members last Thursday.

The plans must have the backing of councillors before the town can be entered into the prestigious floral competition.

Ms Liley said: "We would both like to see Pershore in this competition. I run a gardening club for the elderly and last year I entered a Droitwich nursing home for Britain in Bloom.

"We actually won that category - it gave the residents a real sense of achievement and helped the nursing home get more lets.

"It's just amazing the way Britain in Bloom has improved some areas of the country, and that's why I think it's a good thing to do. It would bring businesses, homes and schools together and give them a sense of community. The benefits far outweigh any disadvantages, such as vandalism.

"We have been in touch with Diana Raphael, the former organiser of Evesham in Bloom, and she has given us lots of ideas for fund-raising. But we do need the approval of the council to get this project going."

Pershore mayor Chris Parsons said: "We welcome the presentation and a formal proposal could be considered by us in March.

"I'm optimistic we would certainly favour any improvements of our town - it sounds good."