Thames and Chilterns in Bloom sign

Wokingham in Bloom is delighted to say that the sign opposite the new Station Approach road is now in place.  This mirrors the sign on the traffic island by the Ship Inn at the top of London Road.  Many thanks to the Town Council’s groundsman for putting the sign in place…not an easy task.  Thanks also are due to Balfour Beatty Ltd for responding so quickly when we discovered a concrete and tarmac pad beneath the grass where the sign was to be put.  Men with drills sorted us out!  As ever thanks to Ann Crail for responding so swiftly and taking the photograph.  We hope to add another board for 2015’s result.

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The Raglan is blooming!

Jenny in full action mode!

Jenny in full action mode!

Many thanks to Jenny Gilbert for clearing the scrub ground by the side of the Raglan on Denmark Street.  Always looked somewhat unloved, so with a bit of effort Jenny has planted some colourful shrubs including eunonymus and pieris.  The photo shows Jenny in full-on gardening mode.  More power to her trowel!  Really big thanks to the staff at the Raglan for filling our watering can many times last Thursday.  As the shrubs grow and blossom expect more posts!

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Cherry Tree In Bloom

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The Mount Fuji cherry tree that was planted on Oaklands Drive in February has blossomed!

Thanks go to Bob and Carol Newman for giving the newly planted tree so much care and attention.

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Town Council’s gardening campaigns

A significant part of the town’s entry into Thames and Chilterns in Bloom 2015 is the gardening campaigns sponsored by the Town Council.  There are four strands: schools, town centre businesses, allotment tenants and residents.

The schools campaign is divided into nurseries and infants; junior; and secondary.  Some 30 nurseries and schools have been invited to take part.  The Town Mayor visits all entrants in early July.

Gardeners from Hawthorns providing tips for the Mayoress

Gardeners from Hawthorns providing tips for the Mayoress

The campaign for townsfolk and their gardens is called ‘Green Fingers’.  This is divided into front gardens; back gardens; hanging baskets and containers; hanging baskets and containers for residents with physical or sensory disabilities; and care homes.  We hope that many people take part and choose to support the Bloom theme of ‘Greener Streets: Better Lives’.  Our chosen colours are purple, pink and orange.  Members of Wokingham Horticultural Association kindly undertake visiting each entrant in early July.  Prizes for 2015 start at £75.  However, it is the taking part which matters!  Please remember that the campaign is for residents who live within the Wokingham town boundary.  Full details can be found on the Town Council’s website.

Pretty flowers to brighten our day!

Pretty flowers to brighten our day!

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Pavilions Border: the spreading of wood chip

Many thanks to Sharon of Thames Valley Probation Service for her help in arranging the wood chip spreading today and to Claire the on-site TVPS supervisor for managing the offenders. Eight offenders serving community payback orders have spread the wood chip all over the soil. The aim is to suppress weeds from growing vigorously.

Thanks also to Ann for the photographs and to Juliette at Wokingham Superbowl for allowing the offenders to use the bowling alley’s toilets.  An essential part of arrangements with TVPS!

Juliette is also arranging to have Wokingham in Bloom’s water-butts attached to the drainpipe in the yard behind Superbowl. Should be in place next week. This will make it easier for Gerry and Rose Street Community payback2gardeners, and Vicky and Incredible Edible to water their plants and produce.  When the offenders finished moving the wood chip they moved on to Ormonde Road allotments and shifted two tonnes of 20mm aggregate to complete the drainage work started in January. Happy gardening over the Easter weekend!

 

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The community payback scheme in action.

 

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