Judgement Day

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
• Mini-Golf

Fiona Boismaison
Chair St Anne’s on Sea In Bloom

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