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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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).


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.


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

April News

Regular maintenance work of all town gardens continued through the month, and the spring bulbs in the barrier baskets and containers began to bring colour after a very cold early spring. The red tulips looked particularly striking.

We were pleased to welcome a visit from the BBC, who are considering including the town in their gardening series ‘Britain in Bloom’, which will run next spring. Fingers crossed!

Work in the school garden at Castle Hill has stepped up a pace, and our young vegetable plants are growing well.

A member of our team has produced a striking new promotional leaflet, & we have received a £500 grant from the Ward Forum.

May News

Good news this month: the BBC have decided to include us in the programme ‘Britain in Bloom’; we had our first filming day with them when we planted up the containers and barrier baskets with summer bedding. It was a fantastic day; the sun shone and it was wonderful to work with members of the ‘Health Champions’ and pupils from Castle Hill primary school. They all helped with the planting and were naturals in front of the camera.

The team is currently putting a lot of effort into clearing overgrown areas of Patmos, where we intend to create a stumpery and fern area to remember the famous fern specialist Abraham Stansfield, citizen of Todmorden. We have the help of the British legion in this enterprise.

We helped to boost funds with a market stall selling plants, some of which were kindly donated; others we recycled from Patmos garden, where we have been thinning out overgrown areas.

June News

A busy month! Regular maintenance work continued on the town’s public gardens, including the Butterfly garden near the station. The hanging baskets were put in place and are already making a fine display. The theme this year is red, white and blue, to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1.

We had our second visits from the BBC, who filmed us working with the British Legion. It was a day of hard work for Darren Widdop and his team, moving the tree stumps into place in the corner of Patmos garden. These have been recycled from an area of the Memorial Garden in Centre Vale Park, which the British legion are redeveloping. The BBC also visited the pupils who maintain the vegetable plot at Castle Hill school. Of course, they were thrilled to be filmed!

We had a stall at the Agricultural Show at Cliviger, to promote the group and our annual Garden Competition.

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