We love hearing about what our customers are up to – which is one of the reasons that we set up our Buzz in Bloom Facebook group for Britain in Bloom organisations.
This members-only group enables people to share photos, advice and stories about what they’ve been up to. It’s often a source of inspiration to others and a sign of the strong sense of community that is a vital part of the work that In Bloomers do to enhance their environment.
With summer well underway, our Buzz in Bloom group has been literally buzzing with activity, so we thought that it would be nice to share what some of the groups have been up to in preparation for summer.
We love the mission statement of Hawkhurst in Bloom which sums up their ethos: "Where flowers bloom, so does hope. Bringing the village together by promoting a community spirit through encouraging greater biodiversity, open spaces, plants, shrubs, trees and where possible, protecting wildlife.”
And the group is certainly a busy one as they prepare for a visit from the South East in Bloom judges. Recent activity includes planting up Amberol’s barrel planters and involving the local Scouting group in making a figure for their Smugglers’ cove display.
This active group recently posted a large collection of amazing photos on the Buzz in Bloom page to help celebrate their achievements and inspire others.
In Bloom volunteers have also recently helped the Parish Council when they had difficulty sourcing bedding plants for summer displays. The group quickly stepped in, planting up plants from a local nursery to spruce up containers on the village green, the river wall and around the village’s war memorial.
Rutland might be the smallest county in the UK, but as the county’s capital Oakham in Bloom is a very successful In Bloom group. Recent activity includes showcasing stunning floral planters at the town’s railway crossing, as well as showing how poppies can create a wonderful wildflower display. ·
This community-focused group recently celebrated Volunteers' Week thanking all the volunteers that help make a visible difference to the town. And what a contribution it is. Over the last five years, the group has achieved so much, including a 100% increase in sustainable planting, a 50% increase in community involvement and a 30% increase in biodiversity.
As part of their entry into Britain in Bloom 2021 and in an effort to obtain their 8th consultative gold medal, the town’s In Bloom group has been working around the theme of 'Welcome Back Wilmslow'. WiB are encouraging everyone to play their part, suggesting that local businesses could pop a planter outside their premises or decorate their windows with a floral theme to show their support. Other ideas include an 'Adopt a Street Sign' initiative encouraging residents to brighten up their street.
This long standing group certainly have plenty of hanging baskets planted up ready to adorn the streets of the town – 116 to be precise! A gold medal winner in Beautiful Scotland, the group has a long and successful history that began in 1978.
We would like to thank these groups for sharing their stories and hope others in Buzz in Bloom found them as interesting as we did. Any member is welcome to use the group page to celebrate what they are doing, ask for advice, recommend resources or simply share what they are up to. Anyone involved in Britain in Bloom or a similar community initiative such as It’s Your Neighbourhood is welcome to join.
Click here to join Amberol’s Buzz in Bloom Facebook group.
Please note, as it is a closed group, applications to join do need to be approved by the group’s independent administrator.
Of course! To find out more about Amberol’s range of self-watering planters, litter bins, benches and picnic tables and how they can help to enhance your community, call 01773 830 930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Rob Murray's fantastic photo from March in Bloom. Rob is another very active member of the Amberol Buzz Group, regularly sharing his inspiring photographs of the work carried out by the March volunteers and offering words of support to other members.