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.

Donate Now

St Anne’s on Sea In Bloom is fortunate to receive annual grants from the Town council and another from Fylde Borough Council.  We also apply to Fylde Borough Council’s Community Fund when we have a particular need. However, the grants and the fund do not cover the cost of all our projects. This means that we need to ask for funding from local businesses and residents regularly to keep us going. 

This year, we were successful in being given a grant by Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for community gardens. This £8,000 has gone to improve the Peace and Happiness Garden (AKA Les Dawson Garden). We were able to have free stone carving workshops for the community because of this grant. The community art ‘SANDGROWN SANDSTONE’ is now on display in that garden. The stone carving workshops were very popular. The participants, the artist Anthony Lysycia and also Fylde Borough council all suggested the excersise should be repeated in 2018 to improve upon the work. To do that, we will need to raise £2,000. We can ring-fence money for this proposed event.

Please show your support for our work and help us raise funds to add to our display in the town or to have enough to bring back the stone carver. 

How to give money:

If you want to write a cheque for any amount then it needs to be made out to; ST ANNE’S ON THE SEA IN BLOOM, and sent to 6 Dover Rd, St Anne’s On Sea, FY8 3HN

If you wish to send money electronically then please send an email to tonyford19@gmail.com for more information.

If you wish your contribution to go the stone carving workshops then please state that with your contribution.

Fundraising Committee member:

We also have a vacancy on our committee for someone who can push our fundraising. They will need to have imagination and drive and like to organise social events. If you think you would like to know more then contact me via the contact page. Our committee consists of open minded people who are interested in new ideas. 

Fiona Boismaison – Chair, St Anne’s on Sea in Bloom

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

Peace and Happiness Garden – more planting

The second batch of plants has just been planted at the Peace and Happiness Gardens on the sea front next to the pier. The Gardens are already looking better since the initial planting and it is nice to see that more people appear to be using the Gardens since work was started by Fylde Borough Council and St Anne’s in Bloom volunteers.

 There are lots more works planned for these Gardens which are in a prime spot for tourists and locals alike. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see what other exiting events will be happening soon.

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.


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.


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.


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



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


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!