Christmas Trees 2017

This years Christmas Tree planting has been a great success.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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!

St Anne’s in Bloom in the news

Peace and Happiness article

Volunteers at the Les Dawson statue

We are particularly pleased with this article in the local paper, the Lytham St Anne’s Express showcasing our plans for the new Peace and Happiness Garden on St Anne’s promenade centred around the town’s famous statue of comedy legend Les Dawson.

Click here to read the article in full

Planting Winter Floral Displays

Planting Winter Floral Displays

Some of our volunteers spent a pleasant hour or so at the Community Greenhouses in Ashton Gardens, planting the winter bedding for The Crescent railings. We got a production line going, so it was a case of ‘many hands make light work!’  A big thank you to all those who helped.All Done

Here are the results of our hard work. Looking forward to seeing them in situ when they are a little more established. Also, as a cheeky surprise, there are bulbs placed underneath the plants you can see here !

Planting Daffodil Bulbs

queensway-bulb-planting On a sunny Sunday morning in October, St Anne’s in Bloom volunteers enjoyed planting daffodil bulbs along the airport side of Queensway, to match the other side which has been planted in previous years.

bulb-plantingWe had quite a turnout, which is great news, especially as we had so many bulbs to plant – approximately 3500 bulbs in total !

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We are looking forward to a magnificent display around late March.