Peace and Happiness Garden – Work Begins

Refurbishment work began at the Peace and Happiness Garden, with the council clearing the overgrown beds and tidying the pathways in preparation for planting which started on Tuesday 14th March. Organised by St Anne’s in Bloom, this re-generation of the popular tourist spot, next to the pier, where the Les Dawson statue is,  has received much appreciated help from some of the staff of the Santander Building Society who worked alongside St Anne’s in Bloom volunteers and also Jo Wood and Amy Doherty of Fylde Borough Council.   

Over a thousand plants have been planted into the newly cleared beds. The new plants were chosen by Jo Wood, the FBC Landscape Architect, to cope well with the harsh coastal conditions and incredibly sandy soil. They have also been chosen to provide long term colour in the summer months.

Once the plants were transported from the Ashton Gardens Depot to the Peace and Happiness Gardens, the volunteers worked really hard to plant them into the ground, especially the enthusiastic workers from Santander.

The money to pay for this refurbishment has been provided by the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is used to fund thousands of community projects. The plants were supplied by J. A. Jones in Southport.

 

If you are interested in which plants are suitable for our tricky coastal conditions, then here is a list of the plants that were used: 

  • Verbena bonariensis        
  • Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’        
  • Geranium ‘Rosemoor’        
  • Fatsia japonica
  • Acanthus mollis
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Astrantia Roma
  • Artimisia ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’
  • Artemesia ‘Powis Castle
  • Salvia nemerosa ‘Mainacht’
  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Mumstead’
  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘snow’
  • Helenium ‘Waldtraut’
  • Rosmarinus officianalis
  • Miscanthus sinensis                       
  • Knautia macedonica                                  
  • Gaura lindheimeri
  • Achillea terracotta
  • Aster frickartii ‘Monch’
  • Erigeron karviskianus
  • Campanula lactiflora
  • Dianthus ‘Doris
  • Rudbeckia “Goldsturm’
  • Leucanthemum ‘Superbum
  • Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’
  • Buddleia ‘Dark Knight’
  • Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
  • Fuschia genii
  • Echinops ‘taplow Blue’
  • Hebe ‘Great Orme’
  • Cytisus x praecox

Christmas Trees 2017

This years Christmas Tree planting has been a great success.

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This is the first year that the scheme has been organised by St Anne’s in Bloom and we were able to collect over 400 Christmas trees during January thanks to our wonderful volunteers.

Together with the trees from the council drop-off points we had around 2000 trees which will really help rejuvenate the sand dunes and protect our coastline.

Once the trees had all been collected we had to wait for favourable tide times and then joined with Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and other volunteers to get them dug in.

planting

Around 35 volunteers and council staff helped get the Christmas trees ‘planted’ along the edge of the dunes. This took place over 3 days and we all had a great time. Luckily the weather was nice and the refreshments provided were very welcome!

As you can see, all the hard work is beginning to show results.

dune-regeneration

A Thank You letter

Sue Biggs who is the Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently wrote this letter, which was published in the Lytham St Annes Express on the 29.12.2016

Although she doesn’t mention St Anne’s in Bloom by name it’s clear that the sentiments expressed by her, apply equally to St Anne’s especially seeing that we were Gold Medal winners in 2016.

The photo shows members of St Anne’s in Bloom being awarded the Gold Medal

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THANKS

You were bloomin’ wonderful! 

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the hundreds of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood group volunteers across the North West region for the work they have done to bring communities together and create greener, more environmentally friendly and healthier surroundings for all to enjoy.  

This year, Britain in Bloom groups from Congleton, Elswick, Freckleton, Lytham, Oldham, Southport and Wigan represented the North West with great distinction at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards – their success reflects well on everyone.  St Annes in Bloom wind Gold

That so many people have given up their time and taken on the challenge of positively transforming their neighbourhoods is testament to their commitment to living in a greener and more pleasant place. 

I’ve been driven to write this letter to ensure that the amazing contribution they’ve made is acknowledged and celebrated.  

Their efforts, not just over this year, but year in, year out, prove that the North West’s community spirit is alive and well.  

The benefits of the work they do go far beyond the aesthetic, as research and experience have shown that when a community gardens together, civic pride, community spirit and health and happiness levels all increase.  

The benefits of gardening and turning grey to green don’t stop there.  

The work they’ve done has created habitats for wildlife, high-lighted the value of the natural world and inspired children to get in touch with nature and learn more about where their food comes from.  

That all these benefits have been driven by the community is truly tremendous.  

With over 560 Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups in the North West, they really are making an enormous difference.  

Thank you to each and every one of them for helping to make Britain a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.  

Sue Biggs, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Director General

 

G-Line Holidays

More and more businesses are backing St Anne’s in Bloom and G-Line holidays  are the latest company to get involved.

Look out for the planters that they are Sponsoring, the signs will be going up shortly.

G-Line Holidays

We are very happy to have G-Line Holidays on board, helping to make St Anne’s on the Sea a better place to be.  Don’t forget that we are Gold medal winners and we just couldn’t do it without the support of the community and local businesses.

Praise indeed

We recently received some kind comments regarding the work that we do in the town.

I’m just so pleased that so many people are so dedicated to keeping the Town looking beautiful. The old saying of “say it with flowers” is so true. All the beautiful floral displays and arrangements that we see everywhere let everyone know how much the people who live here value the Town and its natural beauty. Flowers speak volumes and achieving Gold in a national competition is an achievement to be really proud of. Thanks to everyone who contributes their time and energy on these valuable projects.

These lovely comments are posted on the website www.streetlife.com by a member of that site who goes by the name of ‘Eileen P’. Streetlife.com is where people can chat about local issues of interest to them. We often advertise volunteering opportunities there as well as on our Facebook page and also via e-mail to people who have previously expressed an interest.

So thank you Eileen, for taking the time to write such nice comments. We are glad you like the displays we create and maintain while we are…

Making St Anne’s on the Sea a Better Place to Be

St Anne’s in Bloom wins Gold

St Annes in Bloom wind GoldSt Anne’s on the Sea in Bloom win Gold at the 2016 in the Britain in Bloom North West awards for the ‘Large Coastal Town’ category. Many congratulations!

Delighted members of the team can be seen collecting their award from Jane Clayton of Adaptus Housing Group (far right) who are one of the sponsors of the event.

The event was held in Southport on Friday last and we are delighted with the result. A huge vote of thanks goes to all the volunteers, residents, local organisations and businesses, St Annes Town Council and Fylde Borough Council for all their help and support – we definitely couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much!