Welcome To Todmorden In Bloom

Todmorden in Bloom is a voluntary group dedicated to supporting our town by helping to provide a bright, attractive clean environment. We work with local organisations, businesses, the council and charity groups, to create bloom filled public spaces, promote interest in gardening, and support local events.

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.30 in the UCCA meeting room (located in the corner of Lever street car park); everyone is welcome. Why not come and join us, have fun and help us to keep our town blooming.

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Horticulture

Throughout the year we plant and maintain numerous containers and large planters around the town centre to create attractive floral displays. Also we help to maintain many public garden spaces such as the ‘Peace Garden’ (located behind the Town Hall), the ‘Butterfly Garden’ (part of Todmorden’s ‘Green Route’, situated by the railway station), and the ‘Community Herb Garden (opposite the Cricket Club).

Community

Our group is regularly involved with many community events and local organisations. For example each year we organise a garden competition for local residents, we support a local primary school garden club, and we participate in major events such as the ‘Kidsfest’ in November, and IET’s harvest festival in September. We aim to support local business by making our town look more attractive, and in the summer months organise provision of hanging baskets for town centre business premises.

Environment

We are very aware of the need for a cleaner and greener environment; we were instrumental in the creation of the ‘Green Route’ and help to maintain one of its sites. When choosing plants we take into consideration the issue of pollination, so for example the Rotary Rose Garden also has ‘bee friendly’ nepeta and crocus. We use peat free compost in our containers and compost all waste.

Award Winners

Award winners since 2000. Each year we participate in the national ‘in Bloom’ competition; in 2013 we were awarded gold medal status, (for the second time), and achieved best small town in Yorkshire. Join us, and become a gold award winner too!

Our Latest News

November News

The violas in the barrier baskets grew well this month giving a welcome splash of colour during the grey days of November.

Weekly gardening sessions continued apace. Our thanks to Darren Widdop at the British Legion who donated a large number of spring bulbs some for use in the Memorial Garden and others which our team have begun to plant in several of the small gardens around town including the Peace Garden and the area opposite Site Pizzeria. Hopefully these will make a fine display of colour in the spring.

We were pleased to have a visit from Dr Alison Lewis from the British Fern Society this month, who came to offer advice regarding our plans to create a fernery in a corner of the Patmos site. She was impressed by some of the fern specimens already growing in the town’s gardens.

Discussions continue regarding a new bench for the Patmos area.

December News

We held our Annual General meeting this month; Jean Butterworth was re-elected as ‘chair’, and Sheila Greenwood as vice chair and Geoff Greenwood as treasurer and vice chair. Other roles are shared amongst members of the team. The treasurer’s report was delivered and this showed our finances to be in a satisfactory state.

As usual members of our team took part in the ‘Kidsfest’ at the Town hall, with a stall for children and families to make and decorate winter garlands, using evergreens gathered from around the town. This was a lively and enjoyable event.

Members of the team met for our Christmas get together at the ‘Staff of Life’, where we enjoyed a very convivial evening.

Sunday morning work sessions continued and more spring bulbs were planted.

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Upcoming Events & Meetings

18th June

We will be at the ‘Alternative’ Todmorden show taking place on Pollination Street that is taking the place of the agricultural show which has been cancelled.

July/August

Annual Garden Competition - To enter please contact us via this website or our facebook page..
www.facebook.com/Todmordenbloomers
Entry forms can also be colleced from the Tourist Information shop.