The Parish in Bloom Initiative is run to encourage residents, businesses, children and schools to take pride in their parish, contribute to improving the local environment and to garden in a sustainable way.
In addition to running the annual competitions under the Parish in Bloom banner, the Council seeks to make improvements and to involve the community and local businesses in various floral and planting projects throughout the Parish.
In 2018 the railing baskets at Park Street Recreation Ground and hanging baskets for the Parish Centre and Greenwood Park Community Centre provided an excellent display throughout the summer. The were once again sponsored by Burston Garden Centre, who donated all the plants and cared for them until they were ready to be installed.
The landscaped bed at the entrance to Greenwood Park, which was installed and planted with support from Lafarge and Aylett Nurseries in 2014, is now well established and provides year round interest.
The Parish in Bloom Working Party judged all the competition categories during July and, despite the extreme weather, there were many excellent gardens, hanging baskets, allotment plots and business displays – all of which were recognised at the Awards Evening held in September. In addition, the winners of the Inter-Schools Competition, run in association with St Stephens Gardening Club, and winners of the Residents’ Associations Front Garden competitions were also recognised and Guest Speaker, Kate Bretherton, gave an excellent talk on ‘Remarkable Trees of St Albans’.
Parish in Bloom 2018 Competition Winners
Best Kept From Garden – Irene Wilson.
Best Hanging Basket/Planter (Residential) – Pippa & Sydney de Leon
Best Kept Allotment – Mr & Mrs D Rankine
Best Allotment Newcomer – Winston Bothwell
Best Floral Business Display – The Noke Hotel
Inter-schools Competition – Park Street School
The Annual Competition will be judged in July again this year for the following categories:
Best Kept From Garden
Best Kept Allotment
Best Allotment Newcomer
Best Floral Business Display
Inter-schools Competition (in association with St Stephens Gardening Club)