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.
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.
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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