MEMBERS of Aldershot Civic Society are backing improvements to Ash Road by sponsoring one of the Rushmoor In Bloom planters along the dual carriageway.

Phillip Thompson, Chairman of the Aldershot Civic Society, said: "The society is working with Rushmoor Council to improve the quality of life, ensuring local people have a say in the town's future."

He added: "The planters are in the middle of the dual carriageway and make a colourful, attractive gateway into the town. At the moment the bedding plants have just been planted but by early next year they should again burst with colour."

Coun. David Clifford, the council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Promotion, says: "Within the Rushmoor In Bloom project we are trying to encourage local businesses to take part.

"We already have sponsorship of individual in bloom categories, hanging baskets, flower tubs in the town centres and sponsorship of roundabouts. This will add to the range of projects local businesses can be involved with.

"Ongoing work to add to this improvement includes encouraging redevelopment of the Naafi building, creating a gateway feature, working with Transco to resolve the future of the gas holder, new signs at the entry to the borough, improvements to shop fronts (assisted by the Aldershot Regeneration Partnership grant scheme) and any other general improvements."

To find out how you can sponsor a planter or about other sponsorship opportunities within the Rushmoor In Bloom project contact Karen Fryer on 01252 398764.

For further information about the Aldershot Civic Society telephone 01252 322110.