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.
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.
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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