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

January News

Our regular Sunday work sessions continued throughout the month whenever the weather allowed. Extra sessions were incorporated in order to help members of the British Legion do some late planting of bulbs in the memorial garden in Centre Vale Park. Fingers crossed these will bloom successfully. There should be rows of tulips in the area which the B Legion is renovating.

Planning continues for the development of a ‘stumpery’ in the far corner of Patmos garden. The aim is to plant ferns amongst it in this shady area. This is in recognition of Abraham Stansfield, plantsman, a citizen of Todmorden and a fern specialist, who wrote an important book on the subject.

February News

Gardening sessions continued throughout the month whenever weather permitted. The team pruned the roses in Patmos garden and gave them a good feed/mulch with a generous amount of manure. This was kindly donated by Esther Horsfall of Shaw Liveries; many thanks to her. We also attacked the ivy at the back of the garden which is encroaching on the hellebores. Work continued also in the Peace Garden which is developing beautifully.

The new bench was installed in the ‘Sensory Garden’, so that people can enjoy the floral displays.

Plans for selling hanging baskets are well under way and we continue to seek funds to maintain our work.

March News

Sunday work sessions continued, including the Secret garden, where plants were thinned and the area generally tidied up. The planting in the Sensory garden is in the process of being refreshed; sadly many plants have been stolen, including lavender which would have provided scent. The peace Garden has also continued to be developed.

The Garden Club for pupils at Castle Hill primary school restarted this month, beginning with pupils from years 3 & 4. They sowed seeds, weeded and tidied up after the winter. We were also pleased to take part in a ‘Grandparents Gardening’ event. Grandparents came and worked alongside their grandchildren, sowing seeds in the garden. We hope to repeat this event later in the spring.

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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.


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.