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.
This year the Council has purchased railing baskets for Park Street Recreation Ground and hanging baskets for the Parish Centre and Greenwood Park Community Centre, all of which have been sponsored by Burston Garden Centre, who provided all the plants and cared for them until they were ready to be installed at the beginning of the summer.
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.
In order to encompass the widest possible number of gardens and floral displays throughout the Parish there have been a number of changes to the categories. It is now not necessary to make a formal entry as all front gardens, floral displays (residential and business) and Parish Council allotments throughout the Parish will be assessed by members of the Parish in Bloom Working Party during July.
The results will be announced and prizes, including trophies and National Garden Vouchers, awarded at the Annual Awards Evening which will be held on 28 September 2017 at Greenwood Park (see programme left).
Best Kept From Garden – A panel of Councillors will select the overall Parish winner from a shortlist of nominations from each ward, .
Best Hanging Basket/Planter (Residential) – new category for those properties that don’t have cultivated front gardens.
Best Kept Allotment & Best Allotment Newcomer – judged across all three Parish Council allotment sites.
Best Floral Business Display – judged across the whole Parish.
Inter-schools Competition – run in conjunction with St Stephen’s Gardening Club
Judging Criteria and details of prizes are on the Parish in Bloom flyer which can be downloaded by clicking on the image on the right.