National Allotments Week

Wokingham Town Council, in conjunction with Wokingham Horticultural Association, is supporting national allotments week by opening up its four allotment sites on Saturday 13th August.  If you live within the town of Wokingham and are thinking of renting an allotment plot do come and look around.  There are a number of stalls, activities and refreshments at Ormonde Road.  The poster has more details or don’t hesitate to contact the Town Council’s Amenities Officer.

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A new planter by The Raglan, Denmark Street

Many, many thanks to Jenny and Ann, willing Wokingham in Bloom volunteers for the new planting by The Raglan on Denmark Street.  Stan, another stalwart Bloom volunteer constructed the planter and filled it with topsoil.  Jenny and Ann created the lovely floral display.  Ann photographed the work in progress and the finished planter. Something else for the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom judges to see on 21st July.

Tools and plants at the ready

Tools and plants at the ready

Planted by Jenny and Ann, Sunday 26th June

Planted by Jenny and Ann, Sunday 26th June

The older and the newer Raglan planters

The older and the newer Raglan planters

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It’s Your Neighbourhood section of Thames and Chilterns in Bloom

‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ assessors visited the Pavilions Border garden off Wellington Road and the revamped library entrance on Denmark Street yesterday.  They were very impressed with what they saw.  Gerry and Ann and the Rose Street Gardeners from the Methodist Church have worked tirelessly to create and establish the Pavilions Border since 2013.  It was a wilderness, now it’s a source of pleasure for the scores of people who walk that way each day.

Pavilions Border

Pavilions Border

The library planting is new for 2016.  Alan, Linda, Morag, Mary and Bill, with help from many others, have turned a lacklustre shrubby area into a vibrant space and colourful.

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The assessors will report on their visit in September.  Our fingers are crossed and details  will follow.

 

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Town centre flowers

Many thanks to Ann Crail for the lovely photos

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Bloom books at Wokingham Library

Many thanks to Elizabeth McDonald at Wokingham Library for arranging this excellent display of gardening books – complete with splendid artwork by local children. More details about these books can be found on the library blog

Books for Wokingham in Bloom at the library

Books for Wokingham in Bloom at the library

These books are a small selection from Wokingham library’s gardening books range.

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Judging for 2016 is on Thursday 21st July 2016

Starting at Rose Street Methodist Church at 10:30am the two experienced Bloom judges will be taken around 11 of the projects Bloom volunteers have been working hard on all year.  The tour will last around 3 hours and will culminate in a presentation and a small lunch at the Bradbury Centre.  At each stop on the tour volunteers will describe what their efforts have achieved in 2016.  There is much to tell and not a lot of time so the tour will very much be ‘whistlestop’! The route is:

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It is a cliche but the eyes of the two judges are everywhere even if what they see is on the ‘official’ route.  If your house is on the route between stops anything you can do to brighten up your frontage would be very much appreciated.  Wokingham in Bloom has been delighted to receive Silver Gilt awards in 2013, 2014, 2015.  We are going for Gold in 2016. It’s a big ask but with our focus on the immediate town centre we are hopeful of improving on 2015’s 83% mark.  If you would like to help W in B please contact the Town Council’s Amenities Officer on 0118 974 0886. It really is the more the merrier.

PS: efforts to tackle much of the graffiti which is besmirching buildings and walls in the town centre will begin week commencing 13th June. 

 

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