Everyone is welcome to get involved with South West In Bloom for 2019!
From picking up a small bit of litter you might see to planting a forest, every bit helps and doing what you can, in your own garden, means you get to enjoy the beauty of nature, every day.
There are many ways you get involved, please keep on reading if you would like to know more.
The Plant Stall in Church Lane
The plant stall reopened on Easter Weekend and new additions are often added to the Haselbury in Bloom facebook page. There is no shop in Haselbury and so the stall has become a hub for people to meet and chat, particularly at weekends when the weather is good. There have been more contributions to the stall and sales have increased sharply.
Some of last year’s plant stall profits were used to buy timber strip edging, which was painted and positioned a wing-mirror’s distance from the church wall. This verge was then backfilled with topsoil and, to reduce water usage, copious horse manure. The spring display of forget-me-nots was beautiful and should be more bountiful next year. Cosmos and feverfew, having proven to be the most tolerant of last year’s drought conditions on Church Lane, have been planted up the whole length of the wall and can be cut (in moderation) by passers-by for the vase. The verge has also been underplanted with Erigeron Karvinskianus in the hope that Church Lane will eventually require minimal maintenance throughout the season.
Plants for sale
Below is a list of the plants available from the plant stall in Church Lane. The prices are from 50p – £1.
There is also a place for you to return any plastic pots you have, so they can be recycled.
- Geranium (pink and dark red trailing)
- Black double Poppy
- White Hydrangea
- Lambs Lettuce
- French Beans
Haselbury Plucknett First School
In January, the children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 assembled five bird boxes for the school grounds, with members of staff/HiB.
In March, the children in Year 3 sowed seed potatoes in compost sacks.
In May, the children in junior years sowed varieties of sunflower.
In June, the children planted their flowers, some into wooden troughs (five of which have been made and painted by HiB members).
In addition, an area behind the greenhouse has been cleared to make a new flower bed, which includes a large container of native British wildflowers grown from seed provided by Kew Gardens under their “Wildlife Matters” project. The remaining plants have been donated by HiB, the children and the community.
The Women's Institute
The WI planted and maintain box hedging at the War Memorial. They change the planting with the seasons.
The WI will be doing a display in the village on Judging Day, this always kept a secret until the last minute.
Prepared to be amazed…
Gifford’s Lane - Guerrilla Gardening
Terry Bagley and Brian Atherton, as part of the In-Bloomendeavors, were going to tackle the unique Pump and house in Gifford’s Lane. We had the digger driver clear away a derelict fence and a soil bank that had built up over the years. A new fence was erected and the bank cleared of weeds, (almost!) leaving us with a clear, waist high bed. A couple of days was spent re-pointing the stone and brickwork of the pump house with lime mortar. The old rusty rotting roof was replaced with new rafters and galvanizedsheets and a very unique pump house is restored to its former glory.
Now we needed to decide what to plant in this new bed. Whatever it was, it needed to fit in with the In-Bloom values. So, we stepped a little outside the box – Not just another floral bed! How about culinary herbs? We have a number of excellent cooks in Haselbury! So soon seeds were sown and plants planted. In a couple of months, the herbs were in full pomp and many were being carefully harvested. The herbs grown are predominantly well-used herbs such as sage, parsley, thyme, tarragon, chives. But there are more unusual ones in the garden, garlic chives, Mexican tarragon, buckler sorrel and lemon verbena to name a few. At the base of the wall wild flowers have been planted, along with ransoms and lemon balm.
The weeds were almost cleared- all but the dreaded bindweed which still pops up. This requires the garden to be checked most days for signs of it and any annual weeds.
Gifford’s Lane organic herb garden is a community project created and maintained for the benefit of villagers. Everyone is very welcome to wander in and pick or cut their herb of choice.
To support the nectar loving insects, Giffords Lane has been planted with a mix of herbs like ransoms, lemon balm and wildflowers such as valerian, Knapweed, lungwort and dog daisy.
Sponsorship & Funding
- Alberny Restorations
- Materials for 80 bird boxes and bat boxes
- Planting Trough in Claycastle
- North Perrott Farm Shop
- Doorstep challenge prizes
- Planting Troughs
- Glebe House Bed & Breakfast
- Brooks Development Practice – Conservation
- Ariel Motor Company
- Plant Stall
- Quinces for sale
- Parish Council
- 250 club – Information boards
- South West in Bloom Subscription fee
- Providing 5000 spring bulb flowers
- Steve Fox SSDC in Bloom Coordinator speaker
- Haselbury Mill – Meeting rooms
- Bible Christian Centre – Meeting rooms
- White Horse – Shrubs for Frog Lane footpath
- Bradford’s Builders Merchants
- Materials for Bug Hotels
- Macfarlane Manufacturing
- Materials for planters
- Bakers Farm
- Flower Troughs
- S and G Rodaway – Donation for plants
- Alberny Restorations – Provided materials to build 80 Bird Boxes
- Bakers Farms – Supply of the additional cattle drinking troughs
- White Horse – Will sponsor just deciding what to do
- Haselbury Mill – Providing a venue for In Bloom Presentation.
- The Bible Christian Centre – Providing a venue for our Public meetings and speakers.
- North Perrot Farm Shop – Sponsor of the prizes for the Doorstep challenge
- JulianBrooks – Sponsorship for the Church Lane trough.
- Glebe House B&B – Sponsorship for the Village green trough.
- JH Swaffield & Sons – Sponsorship for the Globe Orchard trough.
- Arial Motor – Sponsorship for the Castleton trough.
- Riverside Motors –Sponsorship for the Puddletown trough.
- Haselbury Plucknett Parish Council – Funding South West In Bloom subscription fees.
- South Somerset District Council –Providing 5000 spring flowering bulbs, Steve Fox SSDC In Bloom coordinator as a speaker for our January Public Meeting and support from the Street Scene team.
- Waitrose Store – £261.00 from the green token collection box.
- Haselbury Plucknett 250 Club, for information boards at the Village green Frog Lane
- Plant Stall – Plants & funding for small local planting projects.
- Susan & Geoffrey Rodaway – £10 towards plants.