We welcomed the RHS Judges to St Annes on Tuesday to tour the town and mark all the various projects we have been involved in during the year
It was an early start with the Love My Beach team being first on the list follwed by the Dunes project and on to the Peace and Happiness Garden
At Braxfield Court they are aiming for a tenth successive Gold this year in the Residential category so Tony and the residents have pulled out all the stops again to provide a wonderful display of colour in the gardens
Ashton Gardens was next on the agenda and the judges spoke with FBC staff and volunteers from the Ormerod Trust (Now renamed First Fylde) about their work in the gardens. Members of SOAG were also on hand to discuss the history and heritage of the gardens
Visits to St George’s Court and Poplar Court Gardens and to St Annes Station followed as these are all entered into their respective categories to be judged
Blundell Road Allotments provided an opportunity for the judges to speak to the town lenghtsman about improvements made during the year
Shepherd Road Allotments very kindly offered use of their excellent facilities for a lunch stop so following a tour of the allotments there was an opportunity to relax for a while and enjoy the sunshine. The judges were very intersted to speak with all our volunteers and hear about why they volunteer and how we had dealt with the recent set backs.
Soon it was time to move on and see the display of golf bags near Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club and a visit to Shepherd Lodge Nursery Allotment
The tour ended with a visit to Splash! on the promenade along with Friends of Promenade Gardens
A more leisurely stroll along the promenade brought the judges visit to a close and we could all breathe a sigh of relief in the hope it had all gone well
Without our regular volunteers and supporters none of this would be possible so we owe a thank you to each and every one of you who have helped in any way to support our work this year
We won’t know the results until October so it is quite a long wait now but we have plenty of things ongoing to keep us busy until then
St Annes in Bloom Committee 2019 pictured with RHS judges Rus Baguley and Maxine Lord
How does it come around so fast?
Tuesday this week is Judging Day and we will welcome the RHS Judges to St Annes
We have had a very busy few weeks with lots of planting and watering to do
We have grown the succulents this year in the polytunnel and this has not been without it’s hurdles but they are now safely up and on display in the Pece and Happiness Garden
There is no show piano this year as Fylde Borough Council were due to undertake extensive work replacing the grass areas in the garden. However this has now been put back to September so watch this space for next year.
In July we welcomed a group of cyclists from Werne our Twin Town in Germany. They cycled all the way and arrived in time to join in the carnival
Tony had the idea of making some floral bikes to welcome them and he and Christine worked hard with very little time to make this happen
The carnival this year seemed bigger and better than ever and we had our usual plant sale in Ashton Gardens
We had lots of plants donated and welcomed back many of our “regular” customers
This is always a very enjoyable day with the opportunity to speak to so many residents and visitors about what we do and to encourage new volunteers
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please get in touch you will be welcome for whatever skills you can bring to our activities
St Anne’s on the Sea in Bloom are launching this year’s Colourful Welcome award scheme and this year it is set to be bigger and better than ever. With a new category added for retail and service premises to encourage wider participation to add colour to our town this Summer.
If you run a business in St Anne’s on the Sea why not show your customers a colourful welcome by planting your garden, tubs or troughs with plants that provide a vibrant splash of colour and enter the competition?
The catogories are:
1. Guesthouse or Bed and Breakfast
5. Public house
6. Retail or service premises
Send your business name and full address of the business property to St Anne’s on the Sea In Bloom via our website, www.stannesinbloom.com
or on our Facebook page by 7 July 2019.
Judging will take place during July and August
Category winners will be announced at our end of season “Thank you do” event in November when certificates will be awarded.
The photographs show some of last year’s entries
St Annes in Bloom hosted a coffee morning on 27th April at the United Reform Church Hall on St Georges Road
This was a much larger venue for the event than last year and we were very pleased to welcome lots of guests
The popular panel of gardening experts were on hand to answer any gardening questions and were kept busy throughout the morning
A representative from Shepherd Road Allotments was also on hand to answer any queries about allotments
Thanks go out to all of our supporters who donated Tombola prizes and we had a very loaded table at the start of the morning but a brisk trade soon meant we had handed out lots of prizes
The plant stall was outside and despite it being such a blustery cold morning it was also very busy
Thank you to our volunteers who braved the cold to man the stall throughout the morning
Thank you to all who supported this event to make it such a a great success and helping us to raise funds to make St Annes an even better place to be
St Annes in Bloom have been liaising with the resident artist at St Thomas’ Nusery School John Morrow.
He was looking for large peices of wood that he can use with the children to create interesting art projects.
The hollow trunk from the popular that came down recently in Ashton Gardens is going to be used by the larger School in their forest area.
Mick of Fylde Borough Council very kindly delivered the trunk in two peices ready for them to use
We’ll be interested to see what becomes of them
The school already has an amazing outdoor gallery of sculptures made from re-claimed and waste materials here are just a few for you to enjoy
We always like to support school children in getting to know their environment and getting arty with wood is one way to do it
We are delighted to see our beautiful library open again after the extensive repairs and renovation
The library is looking fantastic on the inside but due to all the contractors and building work the gardens were looking rather sad
Friends of the Library and In Bloom volunteers joined together in dreadful weather last week to give the gardens a quick make-over in preparation for its re-opening on Monday 4th March
Please make the most of this local facility and encourage all your friends and family to visit and use our beautiful library
Several events are planned for the futuure so keep an eye open for what is happening
Photos courtesy of Fred Moor
A huge thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s Christmas Tree Project
We really appreciate that you give your time to make this project such a success
Windy conditions made the task harder on day one, but thankfully the winds dropped and the weather improved
With a record number of 250+ volunteers around 2000 trees were planted
St Anne’s In Bloom supports the Dunes Preservation Project which is designed to protect our sea defences and help to create new dunes for flora and fauna.
This year, we didn’t collect the Christmas trees from householders because Trinity Hospice took over that role., Volunteers are still needed to help with the planting of the trees in the dunes.
If you can help out then please come to the beach via the North Beach Car Park any time from 10am onwards on 29th – 31st January. There will be a gazebo on the beach to meet up in. Everyone will finish at 3pm but if you can only give an hour’s work then that’s fine.
If you use the North Beach Car Park to park, you can usually obtain a pass from FBC staff for free parking.
Tools are provided and some of the work can be planting grasses or weaving tree fronds which is light work. FBC usually use heavy machinery to create planting holes and the volunteers are needed to use the spades to infill and secure the trees. Hi-vis jackets are provided but if you have one already then please wear it.
Waterproof gloves are also provided as are refreshments. Last year about 30 volunteers attended each day. It tends to be quite jolly and a good way to burn off the calories devoured at Christmas!
More information can be found by clicking this link.
There is a change to our usual Christmas Tree Collection this year
Trinity Hospice /Brian House are expanding their area into St Annes and taking on the collection of Christmas Trees in return for receiving donations to their fund-raising appeals. Their volunteers have been collecting in Blackpool for several years and now they are extending their service to include the FY8 postcode area.
St Anne’s In Bloom, who normally collect discarded trees in the town for free, have decided to support the hospice collection scheme and not continue with their normal pick-up arrangements this year.
Fylde Council have promoted the Trinity Hospice scheme on their refuse collection arrangement materials this year and In Bloom are happy to support this initiative and not appear to be in competition.
The trees will be collected and used for the Dunes conservation programme and the bonus this year will be that Trinity Hospice and Brian House benefit from donations.
In Bloom volunteers who normally use their cars, vans and trailers to collect trees from around St Anne’s will be offering their services to the Trinity Hospice scheme instead.
Although some of our regulars might be disappointed that we won’t be collecting their trees this year, I’m sure they will recognise that Trinity Hospice is a valuable and much-loved Charity and we wouldn’t want to compete with them. They provide a vital service to the whole of the Fylde and the discarded trees will still be used by Fylde Borough Council and the Sand Dunes Project to stabilise and protect the dunes.
Fylde Borough Council drop off points for trees will be available as usual for anyone wanting to drop off their own trees. Details of locations will be published nearer the time.
Residents can volunteer as tree collectors and the more the merrier to make this a bumper year for the number of trees collected and for the amount raised.
For information about how to book a collection or how to volunteer to help please contact: