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

June News

The team met frequently throughout the month, to prepare the public garden areas for the Yorkshire in Bloom judging day (early July), and to make sure that all planters and barrier baskets looked their best. These filled out beautifully and the colour scheme and use of short dahlias provided real impact. Problems were encountered in the adjacent Patmos and Sensory garden, where vandalism destroyed several of the new rose bushes.

This was a busy month in terms of events too; the team had a stall at both the Country fair and the Agricultural show. Both of these event were good opportunities to talk to people, promote what we do, and advertise our local garden competition; we also gave away lots of free seeds.

We met with a representative of the British legion and are hoping to support them with their project to redevelop a neglected corner of the memorial garden in Centre Vale Park. Also we received grants from both the Ward Forum, and the Community Foundation.

July News

The major event this month was the judging by Yorkshire in Bloom. Luckily the sun shone and the town looked glorious, especially the planters and barrier baskets. They seemed very positive and enjoyed their visit. The hard work put in by all supporting groups and our team, surely paid off.

The team continued to meet regularly to tend to the gardens and keep everything looking tidy. Castle Hill primary school garden club met regularly through the summer months and this culminated in a stall selling vegetables, herbs and sunflowers at the school’s Summer Fair.

Although we didn’t manage an Open Gardens event this year, it was good to see long time supporter Pat Hall’s lovely garden open to the public in aid of charity, and many of us enjoyed a visit there.

August News

Judging may have taken place, but gardening continued with the team as busy as ever, dead heading, tidying and weeding to keep the displays going, despite variable weather.

This month’s main event was the judging of our own garden Competition, and although entries were down, quality was not. The team enjoyed visiting the local gardens and look forward to the presentation evening in October.

Behind the scenes, planning is well under way for winter/spring planting schemes and for new projects that will take us through the year. In particular, we are looking at schemes that will reflect the centenary of the end of World War 1; the planting in the Peace garden we hope will be a major feature of this.

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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.