At last, the weather has improved enough for the Edwinstowe in Bloom (EiB) group to get started on some of their planned gardening projects. More volunteers have been recruited and a social gardening group has been set up with 19 participants. This group keep in touch via a WhatsApp group and plan to meet once a week at designated areas to tidy up, replant the existing beds and create new beds. If you wish to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three sessions took place during May – on Friday 12th May at the Church Rooms, and on Wednesdays 17th and 24th May at the BT site on the High Street (opposite the bus stop) putting in a tyre planter, putting up a sign, and pulling up thistles.
They are still looking for donations of plants and these can be left at the drop off points at The Market Garden, Outside the Cave and the Village Hall.
Edwinstowe Rainbows and Brownies have started working on a new flower bed on Church Street. They are planting the area with red and yellow plants to reflect the colours of the Rainbows Group.
The wildflower meadow training at Feel Good Gardens is proving to be a great success. The group have been clearing weeds and scarifying to remove the moss, planting plug plants directly into part of the prepared areas and sowing seeds onto the scarified land. They then spent time pricking out and potting the larger growths from the trays of seeds planted during earlier sessions and at the school session. These will be allowed to grow then planted in the areas prepared. This way they will be able to compare the growth and success of the different methods.
Sunflower seed packs for EiB’s Tallest Sunflower competition were made available from Fruits of the Earth and Callieu Butchers and 50 sunflower seed packs were made up and distributed by the food hub in their food boxes. Further sunflower packs were distributed to Cherub’s Nursery, on the stall at the Prostate Cancer event in the Arts and Crafts Centre and at the RSPB Coronation Concert. King Edwin and St Mary’s Schools will be having their own separate sunflower growing competitions. No more seeds are being distributed for this competition. They will now have to wait to see the winning entries later in the year.
The judges have started to examine the entries in the EiB Photography Competition and, so far, have announced the results for October and November. The winning entry for October is Vicky Latham with her photo ‘Pumpkin in Sherwood Forest’ and November’s winner is Ginette McGrory with ‘A shade of willow reflection’. Other winning entries for each month will be published on the Edwinstowe in Bloom Facebook page. They are now looking for entries for June, so, if you are an amateur photographer and over 18 please send your entries in jpg format to email@example.com. The terms and conditions can be found on their Facebook page.