A small group of Stone in Bloom members visited Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on Thursday September 11th where the annual Heart of England in Bloom awards ceremony was hosted. The group hoped they would hear that they had won gold and they were not disappointed when the announcement came that Stone had won their eighth gold award in succession for the large town category.
The judge, Roger Bache scored the Stone route ninety two out of a hundred when he visited Stone on July 18th and remarked
“Mission well and truly accomplished, a well- deserved Gold Award”.
A few of the remarks written in his report were that
“Wildflower meadows planted by Stone in Bloom throughout the town are simply stunning. The work of the school children at Christcurch Academy was of a high horticultural standard. The themed Brownie Bed was truly amazing”.
A score of ten out of ten was awarded for
“Friends of Stone in Bloom, the unique discount card grows apace publicising bloom, garnering funds and helping the townspeople and retailers alike”.
There were many other compliments but too many to mention and of course he wouldn’t be a judge if he didn’t give constructive criticism, which the group will take on board and improve on during the year ahead for the 2015 campaign!
Stone in Bloom have enjoyed all the competitions they have organised and been part of, in particular the Pub and restaurant best floral areas. After much deliberation The Pheasant was awarded first place and judges comments read,
“The many floral baskets adorning both the outside of the premises and in the beer garden are stunning. The courtyard garden has a mixture of climbing plants, pots and shrubs and is an oasis of colourful blooms and ornamental features, a worthy winner”.
The Stone in Bloom Its Your Garden Competition was won by Lichfield Road resident Tracey Jayne Smith. Tracey Jayne spends hours tending her garden despite her disability. Her garden is full of hundreds of varieties of well cared for plants, bushes, trees and shrubs and her knowledge of both the Latin and common names of all her plants is outstanding. Tracey Jayne has also transformed a once empty and overgrown area into a herb garden at the front of her bungalow; it is so successful there are plenty for fellow residents to pick for their own use.
It has been another great year for Stone in Bloom and slowly but surely the group are managing to get the message over that you don’t have to be a gardener to be a part of Stone in Bloom or even a member, just turn up to the advertised work parties and you’ll be welcomed by everyone. The only criteria to being a part of the successful Stone in Bloom group is you have to have fun and care about your town, they certainly do!
If you would like to join in contact the following for more details. Chairman Rob Kenney 07980 591719 or Secretary Jill Hood 07736 413097. The group will be having a well earned rest for a few weeks but will still look forward to hearing from you.