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!

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September News

We were thrilled that Yorkshire in Bloom awarded the town ‘Gold’ this year in the annual ‘In Bloom’ competition. Their report included many complimentary remarks, for example that the displays this year really had the ‘Wow factor’. Michelle Hartley, landlady of the Waggon & Horses in Walsden also achieved a gold award in the public houses category, and she attended the ceremony at York Races to collect both awards.

As usual the team had a stall at the Incredible Edible harvest Festival; we donated seeds, and bunches of herbs, also ran a raffle of garden related items, which raised money for our funds. We were lucky to have a lovely sunny day, and lots of people showing interest.

The barrier baskets and large planters continued to put on a beautiful display throughout the month, as did the hanging baskets. Sunday work sessions were held weekly throughout the month. Unfortunately, due to ill health it was not possible to restart the Castle Hill school garden club when term started.

Plans are underway for next year’s projects which will focus on the World War 1 centenary.

October News

All barrier baskets and large planters were removed and replanted with the winter / spring displays in the first week of the month. The colour theme is largely red, white and blue to reflect the WW1 centenary next year. Luckily we had fine weather for this mammoth task!

Plans for next year are progressing. We hope to develop a fernery at the back of the Patmos garden, in recognition of famous gardeners & plant specialists from Todmorden’s past *** Also thanks to Todmorden Council for supporting funding for repairs and replacement plants for Patmos caused by vandalism.

In partnership with the Friends of Todmorden station, our team is hoping to redecorate the waiting room on the Leeds platform, to mark next year’s WW1 centenary.

Once again Sunday gardening sessions continued throughout the month in the public space gardens, and at last Castle Hill school garden club restarted with some spring bulb planting by year 4 pupils.

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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.