are frequently asked how gardeners can get their gardens
judged. All front gardens and the fronts of every commercial
premises in Ross are automatically judged in the local
competitions. This judging is done from the pavement or
road area as Ross-in-Bloom comply with the rules of trespass.
No back gardens can be judged due to the lack of time
and the number of people available to do the judging.
takes place during the whole of the month of July, with
every street, cul-de-sac, etc. being visited at least
three times during the course of the month.
are plenty of awards available for everybody. In theory,
every premises in Ross could get either a Gold, Silver
Gilt, Silver or Bronze Certificate. Last year 600 certificates
were produced and posted over the many categories. The
categories being judged are: Private Front Gardens (12
cups available, one for each area plus one for the Overall
Best Front Garden); Commercial Premises (Shield); Private
Guest House (Shield); Hotel/Restaurant/Public House (Shield).
All of these are automatic and do not need an entry form.
Categories are: Conservation (Trophy); Best Window* Traders
and Charity (Trophies); Secret Garden* (Silver Salver
- new for 2005); Retired/Disabled Complex* and Retired/Disabled
Individual Front Garden* (Trophies); Best Street* (Trophy);
and Adopt-a-Box. Those marked * need entry forms this
do not have the time to randomly visit everywhere to judge
these categories, so entry forms are required. These have
all been hand delivered and the closing dates are coming
around fast. If you have not sent your form back yet please
do so. If you would like another please contact Mary Powell.
are needed for the Individual Retired / Disabled Gardener
Award. Please pass nominated names and addresses to Ross
in Bloom as soon as possible. You can nominate yourself
if you wish.
for 2005 is the Children's Competition* for up to 11 year
olds. This year, the Shield will be awarded for the Best
planted container or small bed by individuals or Groups.
are given in all competitions for a variety of categories
including recycling, conservation, lack of litter, weeds,
fly posting, dog fouling and graffiti as well as general
tidiness of the immediate area, including the areas surrounding
the gardens such as the pathway adjoining. An extra point
or two can be gained by using the town colour schemes.
This year the colour theme is 'flame'.
will be holding an "Arts Day" at the Market House on Monday
30th May, from 10.30 am to 4 pm. The Belly Dancers will
be returning to perform at 11 am and 1 pm, with 'Trilemma'
performing at 12 pm There will be various stalls around
the Market Place all day, selling a variety of Arts and
Crafts items, including plants to make your own RiB displays.
There will be other entertainment throughout the day.
There is still time to book a pitch if you would like
to. £5 per pitch or £8 if you book for both Monday 30th
May and Sunday 28th August, when we will be doing it all
over again. The
day will continue with the Lions Concert in the new Outdoor
Pursuit Centre on the Riverside. Classic
Motorcycles will also be on display in the Maltings.
"Fun Day of History" preparations are underway. The next
meeting for this will be at the Phoenix Theatre on Tuesday
31st May at 7:30 pm Come along with your ideas and offers.
route for the Heart of England Judges on Wednesday 27th
July will be taken from the following streets: Edde Cross
Street, New Street, Kyrle Street, Greytree Road, Nursery
Road, Five Ways, Brampton Street, Brampton Road, Three
Crosses Road, Ledbury Road, Brookend Street, Millpond
Street, Station Street, Station Approach. Larruperz Centre,
Smallbrook Gardens, Smallbrook Road, Cantilupe Road, Gloucester
Road, Copse Cross Street, High Street, Church Street,
Churchyard, Palace Pound, Wilton Road, and Wye Street.
Everybody is asked to make a very special effort this
year as we would love to take Gold away from Ledbury.
All residents are asked to make a special effort with
their own areas as the Royal Horticultural Society now
has a policy of pre-visiting for judging Britain in Bloom.
We need to make a very good impression this year to get
top billing in the Tourism Publicity. After all a good
clean town free of weeds, litter, graffiti, fly posters
and dog fouling means visitors will return to spend their
money and boost our local economy. As usual Ross-in-Bloom
can be contacted through the Heritage Centre, Lucas Motorcycles,
Halcyon Daze or on 01989 563056 before 8:30 pm