The results of the annual St Anne’s In Bloom Front Garden Competition have been announced.
There are three categories; Large Front Garden, Small Front Garden and Container Garden. The winners have received certificates and will also be awarded garden vouchers.
The judging at the end of July was later than in previous years in order to allow gardens that may look better at that time of year a chance of success.
The volunteer judges from St Anne’s In Bloom were Pam Curtis, Monica Pople and Hazel Ashworth (who had been a previous winner). They enjoyed visiting all the gardens nominated and found it to be a closely fought contest.
Large Front Garden
1st. Marjorie and Ian Bardsley, Queen Mary Avenue (pictured)
2nd. Peter Lord, The Boulevard
Joint 3rd. Maurice McDonnell, Leach Lane and Cheryl Ascough, Queen Mary Avenue
Small Front Garden
1st. Carl Dagnall, Whitethorn Mews (pictured)
2nd. John and Mandy Hall, St Leonards Rd East
3rd. David Woods, Formby Rd
1st. Mike Geall, St Georges Rd (pictured)
2nd. Anne Randerson, D. R. Design, St David’s Rd South
3rd. Jacqui Schofield, St David’s Rd South
Here is a slideshow of images from the gardens of the winners and runners up for you to enjoy.
The judging of St Anne’s by RHS Judges 2017
The two judges were taken to meet voluntary community groups, organisations and businesses who support us all over St Anne’s On Sea. The judging started at 9.30 and finished at about 4pm and it was paced so that they could talk to the people involved.
It was clear they enjoyed their visit and especially meeting everyone and learning about their contribution to making St Anne’s a great place to be. The contributors were knowledgeable and enthusiastic which I know was appreciated.
We unknowingly gate-crashed two parties on our trip around and happened to meet the FBC Mayor and Mayoress (John Singleton and Geraldine Singleton) at Clifton Hospital at the hospital’s celebration for the opening of their Dementia Friendly Garden. The Ormerod Trust were holding a community Teddy Bears’ Picnic which was also a happy occasion to be momentarily part of. It was wonderful to be made so welcome at these two events.
I am hoping that the judges’ positive response is going to stand us in good stead when the results are revealed at the North West In Bloom Award Ceremony later in the year in November.
Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for presenting such a good image of our town. Officers from Fylde Borough Council gave us valuable advice and practical help with our judging day. They ensured the route was looking its best too. Thank you for this.
Should you wish to be part of this competition next year either as a contributor or as a volunteer then please use the contact page to let us know.
These are the places and contributors the RHS judges visited:
• Pier Cafe
• Beach Clean Team – Emma Whitlock and volunteers
• Dunes Preservation Group – Kate Owen and volunteers
• Peace and Happiness Garden – Volunteers of St Anne’s in Bloom
• Braxfield Court – Tony Barrow and residents
• Ashton Gardens – FBC Staff and volunteers also SOAG members
• Train Station – Friends of St Anne’s Railway Station
• Crescent Gardens – Friends of Crescent Gardens
• Ormerod Trust – Michelle Riches, Angie and service users
• Hope St Park – Friends of Hope St Park
• Shepherd Rd Allotments – Committee members of Shepherd Rd Allotments
• Royal Lytham St Anne’s Golf Club
• Clifton Hospital’s Dementia Friendly Garden
• Promenade Gardens
Chair St Anne’s on Sea In Bloom
The St Anne’s carnival was fantastic this year. The sun was shining and everyone was having a great time. St Anne’s in Bloom volunteers took part in the parade with our ‘Carnival’ themed trailer right near the front of the procession.
Two of our volunteers were having so much fun that they were captured on the front page of the local newspaper, the Lytham St Anne’s Express. The newspaper also had a really good spread of photos from the carnival inside and we were featured on there as well.
St Anne’s in Bloom had a stall in Ashton Gardens during the carnival where we sold plants and bug hotels, and had information about various projects that are going on. It was a great way to raise money and also raise awareness of the work that we do around the town.
With the opening of the Peace and Happiness Garden we found ourselves in the news again, this time with Tracey Dawson and the Mayor of Fylde, John Singleton. There is a mini show garden in place with a piano as the centre piece to tie in with the Les Dawson statue which is located there. Since St. Anne’s in Bloom started reworking the gardens with their own volunteers and also help from Santander staff there has been an increased number of visitors to the gardens.
It’s the time of year when we are starting to get our planters and troughs out.
The staff at the Pier Café were delighted to receive their new troughs this week filled with colourful flowers to brighten the railings and welcome visitors all summer long.
St. Anne’s in Bloom is 100% run by volunteers and we really appreciate the support of local businesses such as the Pier Café making “St. Anne’s on the Sea a better place to be”
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