St Anne’s In Bloom Front Garden Competition Results 2017

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

Container

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.

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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

St Anne’s in Boom in the news again and again and again!

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.

The Pier Café gets its new planters

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”

Royal Bank of Scotland assist by painting barrels

We’re banking on you!

Fiona Boismaison with RBS staff Nicola Bradley, Chris Secker and Matthew Cardwell at the Ashton Garden’s Depot.

Three staff from the Royal Bank of Scotland in St. Anne’s swapped their counter positions for a chance to be outside doing something different last week when they set to work painting half-barrel planters for St. Anne’s In Bloom at the Ashton Gardens depot.

The bank staff, who are encouraged to take part in community activities, offered their services after hearing a talk from the St. Anne’s In Bloom Chairman Fiona Boismaison.

Chris Secker Nicola Bradley and Matthew Cardwell make a start on their first task

They stopped counting notes for the day and agreed to slap on the undercoat as St. Anne’s In Bloom volunteers geared up their efforts to provide half-barrel containers and other planters for shops and businesses locally.

Organiser of the painting session Tony Ford said, “Our regular volunteers are at full stretch at the moment with work at the Peace and Happiness Garden and on the Crescent Gardens so we are grateful for the support of RBS employees Chris, Matthew and Nicola with this task, getting so much done in one go has really given us a boost.”

Tony Ford added, “We could have bought these containers ready-filled from an out-of-town nursery but where we can, we prefer to shop locally for all our horticultural materials and supplies. Local businesses support us so we support them at every opportunity.”

The morning’s work finished

Chris  Secker from RBS who arranged for the staff to get involved said “Thank you for the opportunity to join in with the activities, we all enjoyed it and found it worthwhile”.

Once the job was completed the RBS threesome agreed to have two of the barrels they painted placed outside the bank entrance with the promise that the staff would water and look after the plants during the summer months.

Chairman of St. Anne’s In Bloom Fiona Boismaison commented “We are always eager to recruit additional volunteers and the more people we have the better the job we can do in supporting Fylde Borough Council in making the town look ‘blooming great.’

Once the barrels have had their final coat they will be appearing outside the shops and offices who have already signed up.  Anyone interested in having a planter to enhance  the front of their premises is invited to contact Tony Ford tonyford19@gmail.com    07831415482

Christmas Trees 2017

This years Christmas Tree planting has been a great success.

collecting-trees

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