Edwinstowe in Bloom

by | 10 September 2023 | Environment, Sherwood

Throughout the last month work has continued on the flower beds and wild flower areas by Edwinstowe in Bloom (EiB) volunteers. Ground is being cleared, seeds sown, beds weeded and new plants being added. It is great to see all the poppies coming up all around the village especially in the Rainbow and Brownies bed. The sunflowers and poppies look great along the railings at the Church Rooms.

The group have now taken delivery of the water bowser that they purchased with the grant from Just Giving National Grid Fund and are in the process of having a sign made to acknowledge the sponsorship. They are hoping to take delivery of the pump and hoses in the next few weeks. They have also been fortunate in obtaining an additional grant of £1,260 from Notts County Council’s Community Fund, which will allow them to purchase tools and equipment to make life easier for their volunteers.

The manager of the Dukeries Lodge generously invited all of the Edwinstowe in Bloom volunteers to a free meal on Wednesday 19th July. This was his way of saying thank you for all the work they have been doing to make the village look so good. Everyone had a great night out with good food and a chance to socialise with other volunteers. It was greatly appreciated by all.

Face-to-face and online meetings were held at the end of July to give all the volunteers a chance to be involved in brainstorming sessions to create a five-year work plan and budget. They will now collate all the ideas and draw up a final plan for ratification at the next committee meeting.

The fourth stage of the Tour of Britain this year will be starting in Edwinstowe at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre on Wednesday 6th September. You will see decorated bicycles around the village to celebrate this. Three beautiful blue planters have been located along the route. They were constructed and donated by Academy Transformation Trust Further Education College and planted by EiB volunteers with plants grown and donated by EiB volunteers.

In August EiB introduced their scarecrow competition. If you would like to take part, the theme is Robin Hood Characters. There will be four separate categories – one for an Individual / Family, Business, Club / Not for Profit Organisation and School. Scarecrows should be at least one metre in height and must be displayed in Edwinstowe and visible for judges to see from 21st to 28th October. To enter, please email eib@btinternet.com, message the Edwinstowe in Bloom Facebook page or call Carol on 07494 252153 by Saturday 14th October. You must give your name, address and the category you are entering plus some information about your scarecrow.

In the Photography competition 2023, the winning photograph for April was ‘Cricket pitch’ by Joanne Ryder and the May winner was ‘Lone Poppy’ by Vicky Latham.

August entries closed at midnight on the last day of the month and they are now looking for entries for September. If you are an amateur photographer and over 16, please consider taking part and send your entries in jpg format to eib@btinternet.com. Terms and conditions can be found on the Facebook page.

The competition for 2023 is now entering the final stage and will close with the September entries. All winning photographs for the 12 months will be used to create the Edwinstowe in Bloom 2024 calendar, and it will on sale in December. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part.

To contact EiB please email eib@btinternet.com. For more information about Edwinstowe in Bloom see their Facebook page.