Edwinstowe in Bloom

by | 1 May 2024 | Environment, Sherwood

Edwinstowe in Bloom’s (EiB) Allotment Open Day was held on 23rd March. Despite the weather on the day, people popped in for a chat and some asked how to get involved. EiB made a few good links and now has some new volunteers!

The group is making a plant drop off / exchange spot at the allotment. Space and signage is currently being arranged.

It has been agreed that this year in the flower beds will be herbs, along with the other plants. Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, borage and sweet cicely. Not every bed will have all six, but should have at least one of them.

The Open Day also saw prize draw announcements for the winners of the Love Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest Heart Trail. Once again this was a great success as around 40 people took part in the trail.

EiB would like to say a big thank you to those who took part, and to the amazing local businesses that donated all the prizes: Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre, Visit Sherwood Forest, Goffs Butchers, Callieu Family Butchers, Robin Hoods Den, Fables Coffee House, Edwinstowe Co-op, Acorn Interiors, Magenta Trends Ltd, and The Flower Room.

There are bulbs coming up all over the place throughout the village, in the churchyard, Abbey Road community centre and-Paddock Close as well as along the Mansfield Road. Work has continued with looking after the flowerbeds, sites and the allotment. The Forest Corner bed has been given a good tidy up and some foxgloves and thyme have been planted there. The snakeshead fritillaries seem to like it at the BT site and are thriving there.

EiB also teamed up with Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE) College and Newark and Sherwood District Council to bring a Fun Together Easter Holiday session to the allotment. Everyone had a fun and busy time outdoors digging trenches, planting potatoes, sowing sunflower and pea seeds, alongside painting pebbles, listening to stories and taking part in a nature themed scavenger hunt.

EiB is pleased to again be working with ATTFE College to support a course which introduces the basic knowledge and skills to get into gardening in an informal and sociable setting within the community.

The course will cover wooding, planting and identifying plants and flowers, and will be based at Edwinstowe House. It will also include practical elements around the village and at the community allotment.

The Judges are currently looking at the March and April entries for the EiB Photography Competition to decide upon the winner for each month. They are now looking for entries for May, so if you are an amateur photographer and over 16, please consider taking part and send your entries in jpg format to the email address below. Terms and conditions can be found on the EiB Facebook page.

For more information contact eib@btinternet.com or search Edwinstowe In Bloom on Facebook.