Mrs Ann Davis, a long-standing Wokingham resident kindly tends the trough. She purchases, plants and weeds the former horse trough. You can’t tie your horse’s lead to the Town Hall any more or let it have a well-earned drink of water but you can admire Ann’s efforts. Well done, Ann.
The Town Council has a contract for hanging flower baskets to be installed around the town centre. From May 2015 the number will be increased from 61 to 77, and for the first time baskets will be hung from lamp-columns on Rose Street. A further innovation will be six hanging baskets on the Town Hall.
The colour scheme chosen by the Wokingham in Bloom steering group for this year is bright orange, purple and pink. The flowers in the baskets will be a combination of Begonia Illumination (orange), Calibrachoa (dark lavender), Pellargonium Decora (dark pink) and Surfinia (hot pink). Cascades of colour will assault the judges when they visit in July.
Last week letters and order forms from Wokingham in Bloom were delivered by steering group members to all of the businesses in the town centre. The contractor, Windowflowers, is able to offer fully planted, maintained and watered 20 inch hanging baskets with these flowers in them for the discounted rate of £50.00 plus VAT. The baskets will look wonderful from May to October. Over the previous two years many businesses have taken one or more baskets and we hope that many more will do so in 2015.
All residents across the town are invited to use the bright orange, purple and pink colour scheme for their own gardens and hanging baskets. If we can go anyway towards achieving this then the town will present a brilliantly colourful face for the judges to admire. Happy planting!
If you want to get involved with Bloom please contact: Wokingham in Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org
A great deal has happened in March around Bloom, not least the appearance of the crocuses on The Terrace which were planted last year thanks to the support of The Wokingham Society.
- a raised brick bed has been cleared on Rose Street and planted with roses
- a letter and order form has been taken around all of the businesses in the town centre inviting them to take a fully serviced and maintained 20 inch hanging flower basket for summer. The baskets will have the same flowers as the Town Council’s baskets
- plans to restore the pond at Woosehill Meadows are well advanced. An application has been sent to the Environment Agency for permission to carry out the work
- Jenny Gilbert and Ann Crail have cleared the winter weeds from the patch by the ramp to the Library, and tidied it up splendidly!
Do look out for:
- the eagerly anticipated return of the beehive to Woosehill roundabout…. any day now
- the small scrub area by the Lord Raglan on Denmark Street will soon look a great deal lovelier
- Transition Wokingham have put up a new fence at the Cockpit Path community garden and worked wonders in the garden
- a piece of land on Alderman Willey Close, opposite Dickens Court, has been earmarked for another Incredible Edible project -more power to their trowels!
- please go to the Wokingham in Bloom website to see what the Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers have been up to
The Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers have now completed a second section of footpath renovation in Holt Copse. The project was begun last year with 80 metres of path being laid along the muddy main route through The Copse. Now the path has been extended by a further 75 metres, improving access for local residents and visitors.
During the exercise around twenty tons of road planings were shifted in order to construct the footpath surface. This would not have been possible without the kind loan of a mini-digger and dumper truck for the day by Rapid Hire Centres of Wokingham. The Volunteers certainly enjoyed playing with their ‘big boys toys’!