Calne in Bloom
Calne in Bloom is an exciting partnership between Calne Town Council and local community gardening and conservation groups.
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Calne in Bloom Judging Day 2017
Representatives from Calne Town Council and the Calne in Bloom working group welcomed South West in Bloom judges, Richard Taylor and Bob Sweet to Calne on Tuesday 11th July. After a short presentation they were accompanied on the judging route by Cllr Mrs Heather Canfer, Calne Town Council and Sue Wallace, working group member.
They met with staff and clients at the Mill Race Activity Club to look over their allotment garden and then viewed Castlefields Canal and River Park, the Calne Nature Trail project, Beversbrook Allotments, Beversbrook Sports Facility and Fynamore School. They were driven in style by Tony from Atwell Wilson Motor Museum in their vintage Rolls Royce.
The final stretch of the route encompassed the floral displays in Phelps Parade, High Street, Town Gardens and Beach Terrace. The judges commented that Calne is a lovely town, which is exceptionally clean and that we have a very friendly community.
The judging party finally met with all representatives from the local community groups, schools which are involved in the project and enjoyed a lovely lunch. We were also fortunate that the rain held off and the whole town looked beautiful.
The Town Council believes that floral displays encourage an attractive environment for shopping, living and recreation.
To assist in making the most of our environment, the Town Council has installed several hanging basket columns and planters around the town centre.
Businesses have supported some of the planting schemes through financial sponsorship.
The Town Council also maintains four of the roundabouts in the town, planting them to create attractive displays for people driving through the town. Again, these are supported by financial sponsorship by business.
If you would like to sponsor a floral display please contact Trudy King on 01249 814000 to discuss opportunities.
Join Calne in Bloom in keeping Calne looking beautiful, clean and tidy by entering the group’s annual gardens competition. Enter either your own garden or nominate a garden (permission needed for back garden) to one or a combination of the following categories:
1. Private Front Garden
2. Private Back Garden
3. Private Container Garden (visible from the pavement)
4. Private Hanging Basket (visible from the pavement)
5. School Garden Project/Youth Group Project
6. Community or Residential Garden
7. Licenced premises
How to Enter
Click here to download an entry form or collect from Calne Visitor & Community Information Centre. Please return by 5pm on Friday 16th June 2016. All entrants will be invited to the Calne in Bloom awards evening on Wednesday 11th October.
Click on the links below to see recent Calne in Bloom news:
March 2017: Great British Spring Clean
July 2016: South West in Bloom Judging of Calne
15 volunteers joined Calne in Bloom on Sunday 5th March to take part in The Great British Spring Clean.
The group collected approximately 15 large black sacks of bottles, cans and general waste, along with old car parts, road cones, a lampshade, some large panes of glass and buckets of builders’ waste.
Much of this waste was collected from the land behind Lloyds Bank and the waste ground to the side of the recycling area. The group also tackled the hedges and beds surrounding the Sainsbury’s car parks, along the river, through The Pippin, The Green and up to Castle Walk.
This event was one of at least three Great British Spring Cleans in the Calne Community Area over the weekend, with litter picks also taking place at Castlefields Canal & River Park and Abberd Brook. The national Great British Spring Clean campaign is led by Keep Britain Tidy, with the aim to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clean up the areas around us.
Calne in Bloom has won Gold for the past three years in the South West in Bloom competition. This accolade is a reflection of the town’s attractive planting displays and thriving community projects. The judges also mark the town on its cleanliness and presentation.
Meet the Calne in Bloom team at Calne Lions Duck Race on Saturday 13th May, where they will be holding a ‘Plant, Bulb and Seed Swap’ event from 10am to early afternoon at The Wharf near Marden House. If you have anything to swap they would love to see you, and they can also do their best to offer horticultural advice.
To find out more about Calne In Bloom, contact Co-ordinator Trudy King on 01249 814000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2016: South West in Bloom Judging
South West in Bloom judges, Lesley Jelleyman and Richard Taylor, visited Calne on Thursday 15th July to mark the town. Fortunately while they were conducting the judging tour the weather was beautiful.
After welcomes in the Town Hall from Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Tony Trotman and a short presentation they set off with Neil Ash, Head Grounds Man and Cllr Heather Canfer, Chairperson of the working group. Their transport for the morning was a Daimler from Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum which was kindly chauffeured by their volunteer Tony.
They visited three community groups who take part in the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, Mill Race Activity Club, Castlefields Canal and River Park and The Zion Chapel. These groups were highlighting their own achievements as well as the contribution that they make to Calne in Bloom.
Priestley School wildlife garden was also visited and the children showed the judges around. After looking around The Green, the Calne nature trail, Phelps Parade, Town Gardens and Beach Terrace they came back to the Corn Exchange for a buffet lunch. This was a lovely opportunity to talk to representatives from all our groups, schools, working group members, staff and councillors. It was a lovely occasion and we have received thanks from both judges for a very interesting and informative time spent in Calne.
We have a bit of a wait now as we won’t find out the results until 7th October at the South West in Bloom Awards.
May 2016: Calne Gardener’s Competition Closing Soon
Calne in Bloom Co-ordinator Trudy King promoting the Gardener’s competition at Calne Lions Duck Race on 14th May.
The Calne in Bloom team are encouraging Calne’s residents, schools and community gardeners to enter into the Calne in Bloom 2016 Gardeners' Competition. Entries can be made until 5pm on Monday 30th May, with categories for private front and back gardens, community gardens and business gardens.
To enter, download an entry form here or pick up a form from Calne Visitor & Community Information Centre, open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
Calne in Bloom co-ordinator Trudy King speaks about the awards “They are a great opportunity to share and celebrate the hard work, creativity and pride that has gone into your own garden, a neighbour’s or a community garden. We are particularly looking for schools and youth groups to enter as we know there are some fantastic projects going on in our town.”
Calne in Bloom is an award-winning partnership between Calne Town Council and local community gardening and conservation groups. The group’s shared aim is to improve Calne by making it a greener, cleaner and more beautiful place to live, work and visit. The group’s recent awards include Gold for Calne in the RHS South West in Bloom competition in 2014 and 2015 and a regional Youth Achievement Award for the Calne Bowl Project in 2015.
Call 01249 814000 to speak to Calne in Bloom Co-ordinator Trudy King and find out more.
May 2016: Families Enjoy Calne In Bloom Hanging Basket Workshops
On Saturday 7th May the Calne in Bloom team held their first hanging basket workshop within the community. Held outdoors for the first time in the New Market Place, the working group encouraged passers by to drop-in and plant a basket, with sunflower seeds to plant for children.
Several groups of enthusiastic families took part throughout the day, with children enjoying getting their hands dirty and choosing the plants. Calne Town Council’s Grounds Staff team were on hand to offer guidance and assistance where needed. When the children’s sunflowers are fully grown the tallest will be awarded a prize at the Calne in Bloom awards on 7th October.
Calne in Bloom coordinator, Trudy King said, “It was lovely to see families working together and to welcome both our regular workshop goers and some new faces. I am really looking forward to receiving photos of the sunflowers and baskets when they have grown. During the workshops we were also able to talk to people about the aims and objectives of Calne in Bloom and give information on how to get involved.”
Calne in Bloom is an award-winning partnership between Calne Town Council and local community gardening and conservation groups. The Calne in Bloom team will be at Calne Duck Race this Saturday with information about their other projects, including this year’s Gardener’s Competition which closes at 5pm on Monday 30th May. For more information about the competition visit www.calne.gov.uk/Calne-in-Bloom.aspx or call 01249 814000 to speak to Calne in Bloom Co-ordinator Trudy King. The group also have a Facebook page which is updated with latest news, gardening ideas and inspiration.
April 2016: Garden's Competition Open for Entries
The Calne in Bloom team are encouraging all residents, schools and community gardeners to enter into the Calne in Bloom 2016 Gardener’s Competition.
The categories for this year are as follows:-
1. Front Garden
2. Back Garden
3. Containers visible from the pavement
4. Hanging Basket visible from the pavement
5. Tallest sunflower in a pot (children under 12)
1. School Garden Project / Youth Group Project
2. Community or Residential Garden
1. Public House or Hotel
The judges will be marking entries based on:
2. Variety and use of a range of plants
3. Colour combinations
4. Originality and design
5. Condition, care and sustainability
6. Perceived effort
Click here to download an entry form, also available for collection from Calne Visitor & Community Information Centre on The Strand.
Entries to arrive by 5pm on Monday 30th May 2016.
For further details:
Contact Trudy King, Calne in Bloom Co-ordinator, 01249 814000, email@example.com.
February 2016: Calne's Green Spaces Recognised Regionally
Beversbrook Sports & Community Facility and Castlefields Canal & River Park have both been awarded five stars in South West in Bloom’s Pride in Parks awards. Jake Brock from the Calne Bowl Project also collected the South West In Bloom Youth Award at the ceremony on 25th February for outstanding contribution by youths. The group jointly won the award alongside a project in Exeter and the trophy will be in Calne for the next six months.
It's fantastic that the Calne community can enjoy these green spaces and great to see the teams that look after them get recognition for their hard work.
Pictured: the Beversbrook team with their award.
September 2015: Calne in Bloom - 2015 Gold Winners!
For the past two years, Calne's town entry has won a Gold in the RHS South West in Bloom Awards, Calne’s regional area of RHS Britain in Bloom.
Taking part in Britain in Bloom benefits the Calne community in the following ways:
Brighter, cleaner and greener local areas
Working on neglected areas to give them a new lease of life
Working together – cooperation between community groups for the benefit of all local residents
September 2015: Calne in Bloom 2015 Awards Cermony
An awards evening celebrating the horticultural achievements of Calne's talented residents.
Awards were given to the groups who entered the 2015 South West in Bloom 'It's Your Neighbourhood' scheme.
This was followed by announcing the results of the Calne in Bloom gardens competition and allotments awards.
It's Your Neighbourhood Award Results:
Level 3 – Developing
• Holy Trinity Churchyard
• Oak Close
• John Bentley Eco Garden
• Ogilvie Square – Air Cadets
• Calne Bowls Club
• Calne Free Church
• Calne Visitor and Information Centre
Level 4 – Thriving
• Calne Methodist Church
• The Wharf
• Calne Heritage Centre
• Calne Skate Bowl Group
• Holy Trinity CE Academy
• Fynamore Community School
Level 5 – Outstanding
• Castlefields Canal and River Park
• Springfields Allotment Project
• Page Close
• Beversbrook Sports and Community Facility
• Marden House Centre
• Friends of Abberd Brook
The Calne Bowl Group jointly won the award for Best Youth Achievement. The award is shared with Exeter and covers the entire South West region.
Calne in Bloom Garden Awards Results:
Best Front Garden:
1st Mr Paul Waite The Rise
2nd Avril Porter Dakota Drive
3rd Jennie Edge Amberley Close
Best Back Garden:
1st Mr Paul Waite The Rise
2nd Avril Porter Dakota Drive
3rd Tracy Park Magnolia Rise
Highly Commended Back and Front Garden:
Shirley Taylor The Kilns
Best Container Garden:
1st Rose Southern Shelburne Road
2nd Jennie Edge Amberley Close
3rd Tracy Park Magnolia Rise
Best Residential/Community Garden:
1st Marden House Centre
2nd The Wharf
3rd Marden Court
Best Licenced Premises:
1st The Talbot Inn
2nd The Lasdowne Hotel
3rd The White Hart Hotel
First Prize at Beversbrook: Mr and Mrs Williams
Runner Up: Mr and Mrs Cole
First Prize at Newcroft: Mr Hughes
Runner Up: Mrs Wood.
The Raines cup went to went to Mr and Mrs Williams.
Dave ‘Sparky’ Smith recieved a special award for turning a ‘grot spot’, previously a compost heap at Beversbrook, into a perfect quiet haven.
The garden awards are sponsored by Whitehall Garden Centre.
Pictured, from top: Calne Bowl Group, Castlefields Canal & River Park, Marden House Centre, Rose Southern, Resident Eileen Richford of OSJCT Marden Court, Jennie Edge and Mr Williams.
If you are part of a group who look after a community outdoor space, or are thinking about starting one, you may like to enter next year's It's Your Neighbourhood scheme. Or if you or someone you know has a potentially prize winning garden, you may like to think about entering next year's Calne in Bloom awards.
For information about both schemes, get in touch with Calne in Bloom co-ordinator Trudy King on 01249 814000 or firstname.lastname@example.org .