Greener Streets – Better Lives

• Local schoolchildren are joined  by the 5th Stone cub pack to sow the seeds for a greener Stone
• Local schoolchildren are joined by the 5th Stone cub pack to sow the seeds for a greener Stone

“Green Streets Better Lives” is the new campaign decided upon by the Royal Horticultural Society for In Bloom 2015. Its aim is to transform 6,000 grey spaces into planted up beautiful spaces for people to enjoy.

Grey spaces are becoming more common in the UK as local authority funding is cut, shops close down and the areas surrounding them become overgrown and litter strewn. We’re lucky in Stone that we have very few problem areas, but the Stone in Bloom group have identified a very small number of patches in and around the town and will be concentrating on improving them as they roll out a three year programme .
On Saturday April 18th Stone in Bloom launched their “Greener Streets Better Lives” campaign at Stone Station by inviting children to join them in sowing wildflower seeds in Station Approach. A bird box was offered to each of the first five children who turned up and the 5th Stone cub pack and a number of other children and their parents joined in the fun.
First was the mixing of sand with the wild flower seeds and then each child took a turn scattering the seed with great enthusiasm.The cubs had donated their own wild flower seeds and took along bee houses which they placed in various positions in station approach. The children were thrilled to spot the bird boxes which had been put up in the trees by some of the Stone in Bloom members the previous week. They were even more thrilled to enjoy the refreshments that Anne and Mark Trinder of Walton Stores had so kindly donated for them.
Stone in Bloom have continued working throughout the year and have concentrated on bio-diversity. Schools have been informed that their poster competition title for 2015 is bio-diversity and it’s expected that this year the number of entries will exceed the 1439 submitted last year. It’s great to think that Stone in Bloom members will be part of a Britain in Bloom army of 300,000 volunteers all with the same aim, to make where we live a better and greener place. We hope you have all enjoyed the stunning show of crocus and daffodils which the group have planted in many parts of Stone and I’m sure you agree this year the colours have been magnificent.
We guarantee another massive show of wild flowers this year in many parts of the town and hopefully our newly planted fruit trees will have blossom. We are solely reliant on donations and will be holding some fund raising events later in the year. The bulbs, wild flowers, trees and the tools we use all have to be paid for, in particular the wild flower seeds are hugely expensive.
If it wasn’t for the generosity of our volunteers who give many hours of their time none of the spectacular displays in the town would go ahead. If you feel you would like to make a donation to support our hard work please contact our chairman Jill Hood on 077364 13097 or our secretary, Tracey Neagus on 07545 780935 Tweet us @stoneinblooms