Edwinstowe is known as Robin Hood’s Village – a historic village in the heart of Sherwood Forest. Residents are rightly proud of their lovely, friendly village.
The High Street, with the support of local businesses, is a picture every year with the beautiful floral displays in hanging baskets and planters maintained by the Parish Council. Volunteers identified an opportunity to make the village even more attractive for residents and visitors by entering the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. The Edwinstowe in Bloom group comprises volunteers; residents and members of local community groups and organisations, supported by the Parish Council.
The Edwinstowe in Bloom team is advertising for further volunteers, and for support and help from residents. In addition, they are forming partnerships with other local organisations and groups such as the RSPB, Sherwood Forest FofE re-wilding team, local shops and businesses, Hope Springs gardening project, Inspire learning, Woodhead Group, and hopefully other local groups and organisations.
RHS Britain in Bloom is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe with the year-round aim of creating a more beautiful Britain. It encourages cities, towns and villages to make the UK a more beautiful place to live through imaginative planting, cleanliness, sustainability and community effort.
Edwinstowe in Bloom is committed to taking on the challenge of this project with an emphasis not only on formally planted beds, but also considering the ecological impact by planting using wildlife- and pollinator-friendly plants and wildflower seeds. They will be entering the regional section, East Midlands in Bloom, and it is hoped this will be the first of many entries into the Britain in Bloom competition, to improve Edwinstowe year by year.
They are looking for further ideas and suggestions, and for people who would like to be involved in making a difference. There are ways for people to help at this stage by join their planning / working group, donating unwanted shrubs, tree saplings, plants, cuttings, or excess seedlings or seeds. Any contributions can be left at the Village Hall, the RSPB, local shops and other drop-off points. Collection can be arranged if you are unable to transport them.
The Edwinstowe in Bloom team said: “If you would like to volunteer to help in designing, planting and maintaining any of the possible green spaces in our village, we will be most grateful for your time and effort and we will make sure your contribution is acknowledged. We are looking for individuals and for representatives of our local community groups, organisations and businesses. Everyone can help by making sure our village is kept clean, tidy and litter free.”