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A big thanks to Gabrielle who not only helped me plant this bed up bot cklear, plant and water the HIB beds at the Station. The Station approach is also looking great - Hammonds beds and the NFU manger and wheelbarrows are also spruced up.
In the Thoroughfare the fresh summer planting has been helped by the wonderful rain.
Next Monday we are planting early at the Memorial garden do come and join us from 8.00 - 10.00! Including Miss Wilmott's Ghost see previous blog.
The Drought friendly planting with Woottens plants is quite stunning. But just look at the wild daisies there too! And how about a drink and a cbite to eat in anotherr of our excellent pubs.
And tonight - bliss - real watering can rain. We are so lucky
Our wonderful World Land Trust who always support us are going to take the Judges and Guides around in an eco-friendly electric car - a Nissan Leaf thanks to Hammonds and Viv Burton and Dan at World Land Trust.
The International Charity has already saved over 500,000 acres of tropical rainforest and other endangered natural habitat.
Draft Tour for Anglia in Bloom Judges 2017
1) Meet at Hammonds Ford Garage, key Sponsor.
- Introductions, coffee and comfort break
2) Drive to Triple Plea,
- *Drought friendly planting sponsored by Woottens
- Meet Karen Austin (Horticulturalist) for her to explain planting, mulching and using seedlings providing planting lists.
3) Drive to Halesworth Station.
- Pass refurbished Town Sign Planter.
- On arrival view Nature Reserve and meet Station Adopters Judith Woolnough and Fiona Fletcher (also Halesworth and District Gardeners Society representative)
- Note 8 Planters and brick herb bed, Children's Planter, Hanging Baskets, Halesworth in Bloom Activities Board, Seat, Frontage and Hammonds and NFU planting
- Note watering courtesy of Community bus team and Museum.
4) Walk to Magnolia House,
- Noting restored ancient hedgerow with bird boxes and feeders Halesworth in Bloom Noticeboard
5) Proceed to Hooker House birthplace of Joseph Dalton Hooker,
- Note Planters and Collage, major National Heritage area linked with Kew,
- Judges to receive Bicentenary Trail booklet and 2017 Bicentenary Programme by Halesworth in Bloom.
- Have briefing on Importance of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker FRS Director Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew friend and Colleague of Charles Darwin,
- Note Special Needs Gardens at URC for Conquest Art Group created over 4 years.
- Also Brownies Sunburst Garden. note their involvement with Housebounders gifts, gardening support bee and butterfly labels, ping pong ball protectors
6) Walk to *Business Thoroughfare Entry passing supporters labels,
- Pass International Charity headquarters World Land Trust and see internal hanging garden and Joseph Hooker exhibition
7) View Community Herb Bed
- Note herb planting with labels, take Advice sheet, note double compost bins and water butt
- Meet Valerie Large Sponsor and Manager
- Discuss regular usage and value of cutting herbs
8) Go Into Halesworth Library
- See Halesworth in Bloom Exhibition on frontage with Award winning Les Tennet floral designer's arrangement and Sally Marlow's paintings of Halesworth Hooker flowers.
- Meet Librarians.
- Visit Children's Literary Garden and Catherine Draper Gardener and note Eastfeast garden bench and planters, Meraylah Allwood murals, wild life support, bugs, bee and butterfly friendly planting, water butts and compost bins. Another haven for wildlife.
9) Walk down Thoroughfare
- Noting trees in planters, 12 floral planters, 70 floral frontages and 43 decorated bollards. List of 90 participants on page of Portfolio
- Meet group of Business owners for their take on Planting and In Bloom activities including Karen Prime, Aiden Branch, John Palmer, Simon and Diane Self.
- Also meet representative from Halesworth Volunteers and Befrienders who facilitate regular local flowers and produce for Gifts for Housebounders HIB scheme in fifth year. Link to Brownies and Men's Shed
- Note water butts and watering systems, water container store, Bee and butterfly friendly planting with labels, Green bar Hooker associated plant labels,
- Discuss planting medium - our compost, horse manure from donor and our Comfrey and /or hseaweed weekly feed when watering. litter and cigarette butts collection and weed removal
- Meet group of volunteers
- Pass Town floral frontages and sponsored planting
- Stop at Memorial Garden note information Boards, Hooker associated plants, ASBO murals in shelters, compost bins, Water butts. feeders, bird boxes bug houses bee and butterfly friendly planting with children's labels, ping pong ball cane caps, Haven for residents and wildlife - Biodiversity Area
10) Refreshments and Comfort Stop at The Boarding House Garden
- Meet Tyler and Pauline Torrance and Corinne LevGrys and Anita Gonzales supporters
11) Car pick up and Drive to Beech House Residential and sheltered homes
- Visit *Alzheimer's Garden meeting Sonia Sherwood and team with residents noting Seaside Memories Garden, raised beds, vegetable beds, individual planters, chickens, Bird house, Sensory Garden, Seating Areas
- Foliar designed visual garden, orchard, floral trolley! Discuss involvement with and impact on residents
12) Drive to Paul Simpson's garden
- Note local Guerilla Gardening Queens Drive, London Road recesses, Beekeeper, and residential gardening and stop off at .
- Drive to Ann Boast Garden for viewing
13) Drive to Middle Car Park/Park entrance
- Visit *Town Park to see Entrance Beds and then new Town flagpole with Green Flag (news on 2017/8 result) and Park noticeboards, view information Board
- Meet Stephanie Hammond (Horticulturalist)
- Walk and follow Joseph Hooker Bicentenary horticultural Trail and discuss clearing, planting donated compost, mulch, wired enclosures to reduce deer damage,
- Watering from Town River, Town River water source (future plans from Halstead) , Navigation with information Leaflet
- Compost bins, seating, wildlife haven with information on what to look out for, bird and bat boxes, hedgehog house, children's bug houses and feeders, tree trail and labels
- Briefing on Children's logo following kingfishers fishing in Town River in Park ,*Havens for Wildlife - Biodiversity Area
14) Walk to Navigation and entrance to Millennium Green,
- Meet Richard Woolnough and Gerald Burnes, Major national * conservation area of 55 acre of rare flood plain meadows managed to conserve native flora and fauna.
15) Pick up TBC, Drive to *Children's Allotment
- Meet Gillian Coulson and children representatives.
- See water collecting container watering system, reclaimed polytunnel, decorative willow work, ping pong ball cane protectors, compost heaps, Childrens notes and records.
- Second successful year of activities including Produce barbecues, Pumpkins watering systems, bean growing competitions, Halloween party
16) Drive to *Old Cemetery
- View White beds notice board,
- Leaflets on History and wildlife in box and drought friendly planting information
- Meet Tour guide Janet Huckle,
- Note seating, bird and bat boxes, Water butt and double Compost bins,
- Meet representatives from Woolnoughs, a star Sponsors with Office with toilet (during office hours)
17) Drive to Hammonds
- Comfort Stop
- Final Briefing from Halesworth in Bloom Team leaders
AIMS FOR HALESWORTH IN BLOOM
We encourage everyone of all ages and challenges, especially young people, to participate and celebrate growing flowers, fruit and vegetables and our horticulture heritage to:
2017 up to April
· Anglia in Bloom Town Gold Award (third year running)
· Royal Horticultural Society Greening Grey Britain National Award
· Community Green Flag award Halesworth Town Park
· Halesworth Town Park Silver Gilt Award (Anglia in Bloom)
· Halesworth Closed Cemetery Silver Award (Anglia in Bloom)
· Special Award Nominations for Commercial Area; Biodiversity (Halesworth Millennium Green)
· Anglia in Bloom Best Small Town, and Gold Award (second year running)
· Halesworth Closed Cemetery Silver Award (Anglia in Bloom)
· Special award Nomination Commercial Area
· Anglia in Bloom Gold Award and Major Special Awards for Best Garden for Special Needs - Beech House Alzheimer’s Garden and Wootten's Drought Friendly Roundabouts.
· Best New Entry, Best Young Peoples project for Edgar Sewter Primary School Garden, Anglia in Bloom Silver Gilt Award
· Special award nominations for conservation (Halesworth Lakes); community business
Anglia in Bloom Results
Horticultural training – Peter Beales Roses Growing and Pruning
Strategic review by team and target setting
Joseph Dalton Hooker Bicentenary next June/July 2017.discussions with Kew
Gifts of locally grown apples in hedgerow arrangements to the Housebound
Children’s Barbecue and Pumpkin Bonanza
Grand Apple Fest in Thoroughfare and CUT
Town bulb planting – fifth year of ten-year programme
Herb Garden rejuvenation
Halesworth Businesses Scarecrow Competition 70 participants
Remembrance Day Service with Edgar Sewter School Children Thoroughfare
Halesworth in Bloom Sponsors and Supporters Celebration Party
Barley Meadow Green – community winter planting of trees and bulbs
Halesworth in Bloom Lesley Pyke Awards & Certificates of Excellence Presentation Ceremony at The Cut for Best Children’s Horticultural Project, Best Business Floral Frontages, Best Front Gardens, Best Allotments, Outstanding Personal Contributions
Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary’s Church –theme wreathes
Gifts of festive pots of bulbs to the Housebound
Christmas Fair & fund raising Plant Stall
Green Flag application for Town Park completed
Participation in Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean Up – From Litter to Glitter in Town and Park
Stunning show of Daffodils around town – Tete a Tete, February Gold and mixed
Clearance of brambles, ivy and dead trees in Cemetery
Spreading snowdrops in green
Town Park Management Plan Revision, re-consultation
Millennium Green – Blessing of the Community Orchard
Tree Wardens training
Good show of tulips around town
Halesworth Antiques Street Market
Halesworth National Day of Dance in town centre
Gifts of Spring flowers to the Housebound
Halesworth Council Greening Halesworth Group established with HIB
Children’s After School Allotment Club starts again
Halesworth Library Children’s activities making bug houses and painting butterfly labels for friendly planting
Boundary bramble and tree clearing in Town Park
Tree and Shrub Planting in Town Park for Bicentenary Trail
Anglia in Bloom Spring launch cancelled
Bedding Plants prepared
Edgar Sewter School art work on Joseph Hooker and planting Hooker Oak in Park
Gifts of summer flowers to the Housebound
Halesworth Town Park Green Flag Judging 9/5/17
Awards Ceremony for Suffolk Foundation Town Park 24/5/17
Thoroughfare Pop Up Shop fundraising and publicity
Halesworth Lions Carnival
Halesworth Open Gardens, 4th June
Heritage Tree survey & Town Park Tree trail launched
Front garden judging starts
Joseph Hooker Bicentenary Weekend with President of Anglia in Bloom unveiling Plaque on Hooker House and visiting Town Park trail of plants associated with `Joseph Hooker
Guided tour around Joseph Hooker Trail
Kew Presentation on Joseph Hooker at Cut
Anglia in Bloom judging
Halesworth Library – In Bloom exhibition, 25th June – 16th July
Gifts for the Housebound – Summer floral arrangements
Front garden judging
Judging of Halesworth business planters
Halesworth Notable Tree Survey
Allotments Celebration and barbecue
London Road recesses make-over
Open Front Gardens and Guerilla Gardening Trail
Creation of Sedum filled actual size wherry outline in local oak in the Town Park celebratng the new Malt Trail.
Preparation for Heritage Open Days in September
Halesworth is an attractive small market town (population of just over 5,000) in the Waveney District, south-west of Lowestoft. It stands on a small tributary of the River Blyth, 9 miles upstream from Southwold. The town is served by Halesworth railway station on the Ipswich–Lowestoft East Suffolk Line
A Roman settlement, Halesworth has a medieval church, St Mary's, with Victorian additions and a variety of houses, from early medieval timber-framed buildings to the remnants of 19th-century prosperity, when the town was a centre of malting and brewing. Former almshouses are now used to house the Art Gallery and Halesworth & District Museum is situated at Halesworth Railway Station. There are several Town Trails including one on the Town’s history and one on the botanists and explorers Sir William Jackson Hooker and Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, former Directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The latter trail has been updated this year to mark the Bicentenary of Joseph’s birth here in in 1817.
Halesworth Town is centred on a pedestrianised shopping and Café area - the Thoroughfare and the old Market Place which have been transformed by Community Action and 100% engagement of businesses and residents initiated by Anglia In Bloom activity and strongly supported by Halesworth Council. Each year Halesworth now hosts many fairs and festivals. It is also the home of the New Cut Arts Centre and the acclaimed annual Halesworth Arts Festival.
Halesworth has a lovely Town Park awarded a Community Green Flag in 2016/17. This leads into the largest Millennium Green in the UK, with 55 acres of grazing marsh providing a stunning haven for wildlife close to the town centre. The rivers and old Navigation in this area are home to kingfishers, herons and otters.