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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Horticulture

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).

Community

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.

Environment

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!

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July & August

This month was of course dominated by the visit of the Yorkshire in Bloom judges, so there were many extra gardening sessions to make sure that the town was in tip top shape; though our efforts continued throughout the month, especially making sure that everything was well watered during the hot weather. The judging of our own annual local Garden Competition took place this month also. Castle Hill garden club continued until the end of term, and the children were delighted to be visited by the YIB judges.

May & June

May is the month we always replace the spring displays with summer bedding; this is a big job requiring many hands, so we were pleased to get extra volunteers helping this year. At the start of June, to add to the floral display, the hanging baskets are put in place. Many businesses opt into this scheme which helps to make the town attractive in summer. Lengthening days meant that we could resume evening gardening sessions; much time was spent keeping Patmos garden weeded and tidy. Special efforts were also made to tidy at the herb garden opposite the cricket club. Twice weekly garden club sessions were held at Castle Hill school for the children. As usual, in May, we attended the Mayor making ceremony. Also we had our traditional promotional stall at the Country Fair held on Centre Vale Park.

March & April

egular Sunday morning gardening sessions kept the team busy throughout March and April; in particular, the gateway garden opposite Site pizzeria was weeded and planted with insect friendly plants to provide a beautiful spring and early summer flower display. Additionally, two new planters were installed on platform 2 at the railway station. These were filled with good pollinating plants such as calendula, nasturtium and sunflowers to complement the herbs in the IET beds. Castle Hill school garden club resumed in March and weekly lunchtime sessions held for the children. Behind the scenes, strenuous efforts continued to find new sources of funding. April was an exciting month as the Britain in Bloom programme featuring our town, our team and local citizens, was aired on the BBC. A very positive view of Todmorden was presented, and the publicity helped us to recruit new members.

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2019

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