Highbridge announces bid for Britain In Bloom competition glory
of Highbridge's entry into the annual Britain In Bloom competition
are this week gearing up for this year's contest, having reversed
their earlier decision not to enter the contest.
Highbridge in Bloom group had decided not to enter
this year's South West regional competition, despite winning Silver
Gilt awards over the last three years.
the group's Pam Lyes has told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Highbridge
in Bloom had earlier decided that it would not enter into the
South West in Bloom Competition 2012."
having discussed the matter with the competition's regional Chairman,
Jon Wheatley, we have been persuaded to do so."
looking back over the last three years, with the help of both
the Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings
Team we have been able to make a number of improvements in the
added: "More projects are in the pipeline, some of which
may come to fruition this year. We are extremely grateful to all
of our sponsors who, in effect, help pay for the plants supplied
for the new planters we have purchased for the town."
would also like to thank Highbridge Dreamscheme for all their
help, particularly in organising the supply of extra hanging baskets
throughout the town, and providing paintings for the new showcases
erected at Highbridge Station."
"In the three years it has entered the competition, Highbridge
has been awarded Silver-Gilt awards. Our ultimate aim is gold!"
She added that the group plans to run its Annual Best Allotment,
Best Front Garden, and Childrens Painting Competitions again
this year. Entry forms will be available in June and judging will
take place during July, with the group's presentation evening
being held on 13th October at Highbridge Community Hall. Those
who are interested in sponsoring the group, or getting involved,
should call 01278 784629.
In Bloom's improvements over the last three years
Among Highbridge in Bloom's recent activities are:
1. The revamp of Alpha House Gardens and the purchase of
four new flower cauldrons there, together with the new four
large octagonal planters placed outside of Alpha House.
in Bloom also oversaw the new floral bed at the Station
Approach road and worked with Severnside Track on improvements
at the station itself. In 2011 the Station received the
SW in Bloom Chairmans Award for the cleanest Industrial
site in the area. More work has been done to the station
this year and it will be entered into the South West Regional
'Its Your Neighbourhood' competition.
3. The group has also been able to get the two triangular
beds and "L" shaped border on the Town Green sponsored
by Sanders Garden World, who change the planting several
times during the season.
4. Jubilee Gardens have had a make over, with trhe provision
of new waste bins and four new seats, some of which have
been sponsored, and Highbridge in Bloom also is looking
forward to the installation of the new Four faced Town Clock.
A new "Badge bed" planted up in carpet bedding
to commemmorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee is also
to be contructed there on behalf of the Town Council.
5. All the seats in the town have received an annual coat
6. With grant aid, nine large self-watering Promenade Planters
have been purchased and placed in various positions along
Church Street, plus five barrier baskets for the Cornhill,
and one floral tower situated at the bottom of Walrow bridge,
plus a small pole planter at the entrance to Southwell House.
The Memorial Garden at Southwell Gardens is to have a revamp
this year. Negotiations are underway with Sedgemoor for
the installation of much-needed new play equipment there.
7. A total
of 20 self-watering Hanging baskets bought by the original
Highbridge Traders Association will be planted up
and distributed around the town.
train bogeys which were the original project of the former
Regeneration Partnership have now been sited at Walrow surrounded
by a new floral bed.
meadow seed which was supplied free by the Royal Horticultural
Society has been sown at Walrow within the vicinity of the
daffodils planted there - the idea being that because councils
are finding it ever more difficult to find the money to
cut grass verges, wildflowers help to avoid this and also
help with biodiversity.