Wellington in Bloom has been working for the community for 30 years, writes Isabel Ward, winning awards in the South West in Bloom regional competition. The photographic Exhibition in the Churches Flower Festival at the end of this week is to highlight WIB’s achievements over these years.
In the early years emphasis reflected the trend for floral displays of annual bedding and hanging baskets planted in town centres and parks provided by local council staff. Whilst these displays are important, as they are looking good in our town centre and park this summer, they are not the only areas Wellington in Bloom look after.
In 2002 the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) took over Britain in Bloom and introduced new categories for villages, small medium and large towns, and coastal resorts according to their electoral rolls. Wellington with a population of between 12,00 – 15000 is a medium sized market town. The RHS widened the criteria to include the absence of vandalism and litter in our streets, environmental improvements, conservation projects and wildlife nature reserves. We were asked to grow our own vegetables, create wildflower meadows and encourage public participation with groups entering their neighbourhood. But most important of all is the work with pre-schools and schools to assist them with their eco projects and give advice on the natural world.
To continue our efforts we need volunteers to help us with the manual maintenance of clearing paths, planting bulbs, weeding beds, and generally keeping our town floral, friendly, flourishing and foodie! If you can help us, please view our Exhibition from 17th-20th July in the United Reformed Church/hall from 10.00am – 6.00pm.
We also have a display in the Museum window showcasing our trophies and awards over the years.
We also have a Floral display in the church with the theme from South Pacific as part of this year’s theme ‘A Night at the Movies’. Don’t miss it – IT’S ALL FREE