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.
The railing baskets at Park Street Recreation Ground and hanging baskets for the Parish Centre and Greenwood Park Community Centre have been 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.
Following judging last summer the 2019 Parish in Bloom Awards were presented at the Annual Awards Evening. Residents Associations presented their Best Kept Front Garden Awards and Graham Wilson from St Stephens Gardening Club presented Park Street School with the Inter-Schools Competition trophy.
Parish in Bloom 2019 Competition Winners
Best Kept Front Garden – Alan & Susan Fenton
Best Kept Allotment – Robert Tofts
Best Allotment Newcomer – Jonathan McGetterick
Best Floral Business Display – The Black Boy & Traffic Self Drive
Inter-schools Competition – Park Street School
The Annual Competition will be judged in July again this year for the following categories:
Best Kept Front Garden
Best Kept Allotment
Best Allotment Newcomer
Best Floral Business Display
Inter-schools Competition (in association with St Stephens Gardening Club)