Preparations and volunteering opportunities

There is lots going on at the moment in preparation for winter

The old railing planters are currently being removed

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These will soon be replaced by newer ones once they have planted up with some lovely spring bedding

It would be great if we could have volunteers to plant up tubs and inserts to go into troughs at the Depot on Thursday 19th October. If you normally go to Peace and Happiness Garden to do gardening but would be willing to do this insead then that’s fine. There will be spring bedding and mini daffs to plant.

 

Help is also needed with  planting daffodils  on 22nd October on Queensway at 10.00.  Please help if you can and it would be helpful to know who is coming

 

If you would like to volunteer to help with any of the above, or in any other way please send a message  –  we will be very happy to hear from you

Everything is coming up raspberries

St Anne’s In Bloom have donated autumn fruiting raspberries to Heyhouses
Church of England School, St Thomas’ Church of England School and
Shepherd Lodge Nursery School.

The bushes were donated to us and they
were welcomed by the schools concerned. All of them are wanting to grow
fruit and vegetables so that their children can see where food comes
from. Autumn fruiting raspberries have advantages over summer ones; They
will fruit during term time, the fruits are larger and better formed,
and the little critters that like to live in raspberries tend not to go
for them later in the year – so less worry about getting a little bit of
extra protein in your bite!

We try to support all of the schools in town. If any other schools think
they could do with help then please get in touch. We try to look for
solutions.

We have run out of raspberries though!

Vertical Gardens

The vertical succulent gardens have been a popular addition to the Peace and Happiness Garden over the Summer months.

        

  The time is approaching now when they will have to be taken down, to be overwintered under cover.

These were installed as something of an experiment, to see which plants would make the best display and it is hoped that a new improved version will be installed next Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wet and Windy Morning

It was a very windy and quite wet morning in St Annes but the hardy members of the Gardening Club met at the Peace and Happiness Garden to carry out some  pre-winter preparations.

Compost and mulch was applied to the beds and the work will be continued at the next session.

If you are interested in helping out, Gardening Club is fortnightly on Thursdays next session 19th October at 10.00am

There is still lots to do before Winter and then looking forward to new planting for Spring.

Gardening Club needs you!

Do you know anyone who would be interested? Gardening Club is fortnightly on Thursdays for about an hour 10am-11am then social time at Pier cafe.

Lots to do including adding new plants, maintaining the borders, keep on improving the garden etc. The main tasks are to keep on top of the weeds and to deadhead.

If you would like to join us on the next session, then please come this Thursday 5th October at 10am to the P&H Garden by the Pier.

Bring gloves, trowel and a tub or bucket if you can, secateurs would come in handy. If the weather is drizzly, then it is still on, but if it is heavy rain, we’ll probably be in the cafe!!

Let Fiona know 07775 338057 to gauge numbers. and pass on this number to anyone who could come and help us in St.Annes in Bloom – its not just gardeners we need!
Loads of roles such as fundraisers, IT and publicity, litter pickers, social gatherings etc ….PLEASE PASS IT ON!! Thanks!!

Latest news September 2017

In September, the committee for St Anne’s on the Sea In Bloom were invited to have an informal tea with the Town Mayor for 2017, Karen Henshaw.  She decided to ask us as a thank you gesture for the work we had done about the town and in the re-vamped Peace and Happiness Garden (AKA Les Dawson Garden).

We happily accepted her invitation and we enjoyed the sandwiches and cakes very much. Thank you Karen, it was a lovely afternoon.

 

    Pictured above from left to right: Monica Pople, Pam Curtis, Gill West, Graham Monk, Jo Monk, Fiona Boismaison (Chair), Tony Ford (Treasurer) and Karen Henshaw (Town Mayor)

It’s worth pointing out that we are only volunteers who care about the town and are trying to do something to make it look and feel better.  We do this work with no idea about being thanked but when we are it really helps our motivation to carry on.

If you think you would also like to be appreciated by residents (and dignitaries) of our lovely town and would like to join us either as a regular volunteer gardener or as a committee member (we really need three people to join our committee) then please use the contact page and let us know.

Please consider joining us. We are friendly and upbeat. (Most of the time and as long as it’s not lashing down!)

Fiona Boismaison

Chair, St Anne’s on Sea In Bloom

 

Also this month our work in the Peace and Happiness Garden was featured in Lancashire Life magazine

Our volunteers have worked very hard to ensure the garden is looking at it’s best during the Summer and we have received some very positive comments from visitors

                                               

In the news again

 St Annes Express reported on our winners in the successful  Front Garden Competition 2017

The gardens were as beautiful as ever and the judges had a difficult task

Certificates were presented to the winners

The piano in the Peace and Happiness Garden also received some coverage in the Gazette on the 7th September