Welcome To Todmorden In Bloom

Todmorden in Bloom is a voluntary group dedicated to supporting our town by helping to provide a bright, attractive clean environment. We work with local organisations, businesses, the council and charity groups, to create bloom filled public spaces, promote interest in gardening, and support local events.

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.30 in the UCCA meeting room (located in the corner of Lever street car park); everyone is welcome. Why not come and join us, have fun and help us to keep our town blooming.

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Throughout the year we plant and maintain numerous containers and large planters around the town centre to create attractive floral displays. Also we help to maintain many public garden spaces such as the ‘Peace Garden’ (located behind the Town Hall), the ‘Butterfly Garden’ (part of Todmorden’s ‘Green Route’, situated by the railway station), and the ‘Community Herb Garden (opposite the Cricket Club).


Our group is regularly involved with many community events and local organisations. For example each year we organise a garden competition for local residents, we support a local primary school garden club, and we participate in major events such as the ‘Kidsfest’ in November, and IET’s harvest festival in September. We aim to support local business by making our town look more attractive, and in the summer months organise provision of hanging baskets for town centre business premises.


We are very aware of the need for a cleaner and greener environment; we were instrumental in the creation of the ‘Green Route’ and help to maintain one of its sites. When choosing plants we take into consideration the issue of pollination, so for example the Rotary Rose Garden also has ‘bee friendly’ nepeta and crocus. We use peat free compost in our containers and compost all waste.

Award Winners

Award winners since 2000. Each year we participate in the national ‘in Bloom’ competition; in 2013 we were awarded gold medal status, (for the second time), and achieved best small town in Yorkshire. Join us, and become a gold award winner too!

Our Latest News

April News

The barrier baskets and large planters still looked bright and cheerful; this was especially pleasing for us as many of the bulbs were re-used/recycled from previous years as an economy measure. Meanwhile, the naturalistic planting in the Secret garden yielded fritillaries, cowslips and vinca.

Regular Sunday morning gardening sessions continued throughout the month, working still on Patmos garden and the other public areas; also beginning the process of plant removal on the Peace garden ready for its make-over next month.

Behind the scenes, members of the team worked hard lobbying for funds and managing the sale of hanging baskets to local businesses.

Improvements and replacement of the raised vegetable beds at Castle Hill school garden was completed during the Easter holidays, and new wood chippings were laid on the path. Gradually we are replacing some of the plastic bottles that form the walls of the greenhouse. The young gardeners have been very busy and peas, beans, potatoes and insect friendly seedlings are growing well.

May News

This was a very busy month. In addition to the regular Sunday sessions, many extra hours were put in to remove and split the perennials from the Peace Garden ready for fresh compost and replanting. We were fortunate to have fine weather as this was a long process! Many of the plants will be re-used and recycled in other sites.

The spring flowers in the barrier baskets and containers lasted well, but very dry warm weather meant that some finally dried out before we were ready to install the summer bedding. This was planted on a very hot day; but we now have dahlias, lobelia, petunia and bacopa to make a pretty summer display.

Our fund raising market stall went well. We sold many plants including some from the divided plants in the Peace garden and some herbs grown by pupils at Castle Hill school garden.

Sadly we have decided that the Open Gardens event that we had hoped to run again this year, will not now be taking place. Unfortunately, insufficient people were able to participate to make it worthwhile. However, we do expect to run our usual town Garden Competition.

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Upcoming Events & Meetings

18th June

We will be at the ‘Alternative’ Todmorden show taking place on Pollination Street that is taking the place of the agricultural show which has been cancelled.


Annual Garden Competition - To enter please contact us via this website or our facebook page..
Entry forms can also be colleced from the Tourist Information shop.