above, Brampton Abbotts School, Willows Rest Garden gained
an Outstanding Achievement Certificate. The judges commented,
"This project began five years ago and due to the enthusiasm
of Louise Williams and the very strong PTFA, a considerable
amount of money has been raised - in excess of £10,000.
School garden offers peace, via a well-used Willow Tunnel,
environmental study areas and a play area with picnic sites.
All of the school children, and not least the Gardening
Club, use the space in many varied ways. Macmillan Nurses
fund raising days add another dimension. Perhaps more signage
about what is happening in the garden for the benefit of
the children and visitors alike, along with more litter
bins and looking at saving water by harnessing run off from
the nearby school roof for example".
School have also been awarded a Silver Gilt in the new Children's
Awards sponsored by the Ross Gazette for Ross-in-Bloom this
year. Mary Sinclair Powell collected the award on their
behalf and will be presenting it to them shortly.
Court gained a Merit Award. "This is a private residential
home which has been in existence for some years. A survey
was undertaken, canvassing the need of the residents, which
led to five new features - Peace, Scent, Colour, Memories
and Cool. Clock Golf for some of the more able is on its
way. Several residents help the professional gardening team
in the front garden areas and a wonderful summerhouse. Consideration
of water saving schemes and finding ways of sharing the
gardens with the wider community would complete the picture".
Ross Court representatives were able to collect the award.
They were really thrilled to accept it. This was a wonderful
result considering the mess the gardens were in last year
due to building work. They have come a long way in such
a short space of time. Ross-in-Bloom were able to award
them a Silver Gilt in the 'Retired Community' competition.
Friends Meeting House Ancient Burial Grounds were also given
a Merit Award. "This ancient area is being lovingly tended
by the current custodians of the Meeting House and Gardens,
Julia and Norman Richardson. The mixed herbaceous and annual
borders are a delight, and they are encouraging the public
to make use of this haven of peace, not only by the inviting
signage at the entrance but also by inviting neighbouring
schools to visit. The garden is a gem behind closed walls
and efforts should continue to promote it".
gardens were entered into two Ross-in-Bloom competitions
this year and they achieved Gold for the best Secret Garden
and the Best Community Commercial Premises. Members were
able to collect the award themselves at Trentham Gardens.
They will also be attending the Herefordshire in Bloom Awards
this month to see how they have fared, having been winners
in the Community Competition last year.
Nursery Road Community Gardens also received a Merit for
the extremely hard work put in, mainly by Rita Haggett on
this major entrance to the town. "There is a wonderful display
of colour in this garden, shared not only with the participating
residents, but also with the hundreds of visitors and motorists
who pass them daily. Mrs Haggett and her husband are the
driving force behind this entry and they are to be congratulated
on their efforts".
including the Heart of England in Bloom Judges, has noticed
the garden grow every year and they have consistently won
the Best Street Award in Ross-in-Bloom. Mary collected the
award on behalf of Rita and managed to get it to her before
she went off on a well-deserved holiday for a few days.
The gardens are also entered in the Herefordshire Competition,
the results of which will be announced in two weeks time,
as will the local Street Awards.
Bedford Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom is delighted with these
and the Gold result. "We have finally got Ross to the top
in many ways," she said. "The in Bloom Competition is a
Community Event, which the Community has certainly excelled
at this year. I would like to thank not just the four entries
to the Neighbourhood Awards but also all of those who took
part to make sure the town was clean and tidy and having
great fun for Judging Day. We have all done extraordinarily
well as a town and I hope this will mean we can all pull
together for the future and do it all again".
local Presentation Evening, with secret results as well
as those already known being announced will be taking place
on 18th September, with the results of entries in the Herefordshire
Competitions being announced the following evening. If anybody
would like to attend the Herefordshire evening, with Gardeners
Question Time, they are welcome to contact Mary Powell before
16th September and their name will be added to the list.
The Ross-in-Bloom AGM will be on Wednesday 26th October.
Full details of this, and how volunteers can help on the
committee will be printed nearer the time.