Edwinstowe in Bloom

by | 8 December 2023 | Environment, Sherwood

It is now the season where Edwinstowe in Bloom (EiB) volunteers are working to get all the flower beds ready for winter and planting bulbs for the spring. Using some of the grant money, the group made a bulk purchase of daffodil bulbs and a selection of grape hyacinth, crocus, alliums and snakehead fritillary bulbs.

While the gardening continues, the appointed judges had been looking for competition winners of the tallest sunflower, the front gardens, the photographic, and the four categories of the scarecrow competition.

On Saturday 11th November Edwinstowe in Bloom held an Awards Night at Edwinstowe Cricket Club. All the volunteers, supporters, sponsors and everyone who entered any EiB competition during the year were invited to join the celebration. It was a great night and trophies were awarded to the winners of all competitions. In addition, certificates were awarded to runners up and to volunteers and supporters to recognise contributions of individuals and groups or organisations that helped Edwinstowe win the East Midlands in Bloom Silver Award this year.

The trophies awarded on the night included a trophy presented to David Clark as the winner of the tallest sunflower competition, which closed at the beginning of October. The fabulous sunflower in his front garden stood at an impressive 11ft 8 inches, with approximately 60 flower heads on it.

The winners of the individual front garden competition, Mr and Mrs Jones, were awarded a trophy. In addition, trophies were awarded to RSPB Sherwood Forest for the best Commercial Premises Garden, and to Fables Coffee House for the Best Pub or Restaurant Garden. These gardens will be entered into the 2024 East Midlands in Bloom competition as representatives for Edwinstowe in Bloom.

Awards were given to the winners of each of the four categories in the scarecrow competition. The entries were all spectacular and it was hard to judge but the winners were RSPB Sherwood Forest for the business category and ATTFE in the schools / college category.

The entries for the community group or not for profit organisations were so good it was decided to present two awards: one to St Mary’s Church for adults and one to The Big House for children for their brilliant Disney Robin Hood and Maid Marion scarecrows. The award for individual or family went to the Hardy Family.

Each of the monthly winners of the photography competition were awarded a certificate and Vicky Latham, who won four months, was awarded a trophy as the overall winner. Both Ginette McGrory and Caroline Foster had two winning photographs. A calendar has been created using each of the monthly winning photographs. This will be on sale in the village, at the Christmas light switch on and over the Christmas period.

EiB would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year – and happy gardening!

To contact the group email eib@btinternet.com. For more information search Edwinstowe in Bloom on Facebook.