Blooming Gardeners – Leyland Needs You!
CALLING green-fingered garden lovers and flower fanatics everywhere! Leyland in Bloom, the much-loved annual ‘floral contest’ was launched recently and is up and running for 2019.
Local gardening enthusiasts, gathered at Leyland’s Civic Centre for the keenly-anticipated launch. Barbara Bidwell, Chair of the newly formed Leyland in Bloom committee, gave a short presentation. She explained how the group are keen for businesses, community groups, residents, schools, churches, pubs and children to get involved in this year’s competition.
She also talked about the Friends volunteer groups at Farington Lodges, Paradise Park, Moss Side Sensory Gardens, The Giant Veggie Patch, Friends of Leyland Station, and Malt Kiln Fold conservation area, Moss Side.
Barbara commented on the fact there are lots of Green Space consultation events taking place within the South Ribble area. Indeed, green areas and the great outdoors are often highlighted as being beneficial to mental health and well-being, so it’s important the public can attend these consultations.
Everyone attending the launch received a free raffle ticket on entry and Debbie Noblett, owner of The Plant Stall on Leyland Market, did a demonstration of how to put together a simple Spring planter, using a pre-used plastic tub, Thalia scented narcissi, primulas, a conifer and ivy.
The free raffle was drawn and the winners were very happy with the colourful container. A short Q&A session followed, and plants were available to buy, supplied by Nobletts Nursery, Farington Moss.
Debbie Noblett said: “It was a really friendly and enjoyable evening and a great plus was the committee gained two new keen and knowledgeable volunteers, great stuff!
She continued: “There is a new category in the competition this year – Young Bloomers. We are keen to encourage this, anyone up to the age of 16 can enter anything they have planted up, a pot, any container, basket, herb tub, a space in the front garden as long as it is on view for the judges to see at the front of a property -anything!
“It’s great to grow things with your children/grandchildren, so we are really looking forward to seeing the entries. The schools theme this year is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a really interesting and exciting theme to engage all schools, nurseries and pre-schools.”
Entries are online, however, if you don’t have online facilities, you can ring the community involvement number below and they will assist, or fill in the form and take it to a postal box inside Leyland Library, Lancastergate PR25 2EX. Forms are available at the Library and The Plant Stall Leyland Market.
The Leyland in Bloom Team will have a gazebo on Worden Park for Leyland Festival Saturday 15 June and would love to meet anyone wanting to enter the competition, or just call in for a chat.
Entries close at 5pm on Friday 21 June
Judging will take place from 1st July until 12th July, all areas for judging must be available for viewing during this time. If you would like any further information or assistance please call Community Involvement on 01772 625224.
Submitted by Debbie Noblett