Fleetwood in Bloom

Fleetwood in Bloom

Fleetwood in Bloom is the local entry into the Britain in Bloom competition. It’s a national competition, run throughout the UK by The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Fleetwood Town Council organises the Fleetwood entry for the National In Bloom Award and Fleetwood is one of the many towns on the Fylde Coast which enjoy taking part each year.

Fleetwood In Bloom 2019

The annual drive to fill Fleetwood with flowers is well underway again for 2019. The theme for this year is Fish and Flowers. The colour scheme is a multi-coloured one – it’s a festival of flowers to celebrate ‘our’ gold award last year.

Community and Residents Garden Competition

Fleetwood Town Council is supporting this years community competition and is on the lookout for your gorgeous gardens. If you’ve got a patch to be proud of, or you know someone who has, why don’t you enter?

2019 Community Competition with Fleetwood In Bloom
2019 Community Competition with Fleetwood In Bloom

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There’s a cash prize for the winner and two runner’s up. Plus the warm feeling of knowing that you’ve made Fleetwood a prettier place for everyone who enters.

Details and how to enter the Community Competition here

Get your Back Alley Blooming!

***Nominations and Suggestions Please***

Fleetwood In Bloom back alleys - with Fleetwood Town Council
Fleetwood In Bloom back alleys – with Fleetwood Town Council

New for 2019 is the Back Alley project. It’s an innovative way to encourage Fleetwood residents to look at their own back alleys. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for people without garden space to have their very own secret garden; to meet with neighbours to enjoy a clean fresh space; to give children a safe place to play and to bring local communities together.

Fleetwood In Bloom would like to transform a back alley to WOW the judges. Check out Audrey and Irene enjoying theirs!

Would you like to get your back alley blooming?

  • Would you and your neighbours enjoy getting your hands a little dirty?
  • Have you got a community spirit in your street where you could enjoy your own community garden with your neighbours?
  • No experience is necessary – just enthusiasm and a willingness to join in!

Email Fleetwood Town Council with your nomination for a back alley transformation – cdo@fleetwoodtowncouncil.org

Get Involved in Fleetwood In Bloom

In Bloom is a great big display of community pride, involvement and achievement. It’s a great way to get involved in looking after where you live and work. In Bloom gets you involved with your neighbours and it makes you new friends. What a sense of achievement to create an attractive town to stand back and admire!

It really is an effort by the whole community. It’s for lone individuals who love where they live, and businesses who want to help the town to thrive. Everyone can contribute something, all you have to do is get involved.

Sponsorship

Even with a talent for making-do, recycling and re-purposing, it still costs a considerable amount of money to enter a town like Fleetwood into this prestigious competition. The organisers are always on the look-out for any kind of help, be it physical, practical or monetary.

Donations of money are always very, very welcome. Your business might wish to make a contribution or perhaps you’d like to organise a small fundraising event for staff and/or customers. Have you got a business with something that the team could use? Could you donate materials, plants or even time and/or muscle? If you could lend the In Bloom team a few people to help for a few hours that would be just as useful as a donation of money.

Volunteers

The In Bloom competition is about community pride and getting a community working together. There’s a role for everyone and all the little things that people do to help is what adds up to the whole result. If you can spare an hour or two, no matter how frequently, your time will be appreciated.

People are always needed to put plants in, water them, prune/deadhead and maintain planters, pick up litter, sweep around pots… the list is endless.

More volunteers are always needed. Particularly people with gardening knowledge and expertise. Those who have an eye for neat and tidy housekeeping are vitally important too. Anyone is welcome who would be able to go out and about, tending to plants, tidying up and physically looking after Fleetwood’s streets and flowerbeds.

How to get involved

If you would like to help out, or make a donation of money, time or materials, just get in touch.

Contact Dawn Spooner at Fleetwood Town Council, email  cdo@fleetwoodtowncouncil.org or ring 01253 872444. Please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Take a look at some of the volunteers and what they’ve achieved

Making 10,000 recycled plastic poppies for Fleetwood in Bloom. What's Happening at Fleetwood Museum

10,000 Poppies for 100 Years of Remembrance

In 2018 Fleetwood bloomed well into the autumn months, with a sea of plastic poppies in remembrance. Made from recycled pop bottles, the bright flowers were all over the town to remember the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Poppy display at St Peter's Church Fleetwood
Poppy display at St Peter’s Church Fleetwood

The Willow Garden Project, Fleetwood Town Council and Fleetwood Museum are just three of the organisations which took part. Each held events and workshops.

Fleetwood Museum asked residents to paint a poppy in memory of a loved one lost at sea, at war or a family member who was seagoing. Their display was in the Harriet boat shed – Fleetwood’s national registered vessel.

Full story and lots of photos of the 10,000 Poppies project in Fleetwood

Flowers all over Fleetwood!

The Fleetwood Britain in Bloom team put their green fingers to good use every year. There’s planting going on all over to bring Fleetwood into flower!

Display for the Fleetwood In Bloom 2018 entry
Display for the Fleetwood In Bloom 2018 entry

Fleetwood In Bloom is Back!

The Fleetwood in Bloom team were delighted to have secured a Silver Award in 2014. It was their first year back in the scheme after a break of a good few years. Margaret Daniels told us “We were all pleased to have done so well, especially for our first year, and this year of course we’ll be hoping to improve on that.”

In previous years, Fleetwood has even won Best Large Town. In 2014 they picked the baton back up again with a come-back into the prestigious competition after an eleven year lapse.

Preparation and planning for In Bloom begins in winter. Planting of summer bedding takes place across the Port in early June. Frosts have passed and the flowers have enough time to bed in before the arrival of the judges, but not so much time that they go past their best.

You’ll have seen three little boats in various locations around the town. They were secured from the generous donation of old wooden rowing boats from Stanley Park. Keep an eye out for them! One is near the boating lake, another one at Fisherman’s Walk, and one near the Court House.

One of the Fleetwood In Bloom rowing boats
One of the Fleetwood In Bloom rowing boats

Flower tubs, sponsored by traders, will brighten up the Esplanade once again. Plus displays at the tram stops at Fisherman’s Walk and the North Euston and elsewhere around town.

About Fleetwood In Bloom

If you don’t know anything about it, the In Bloom competition is quite rigorous. It goes into all kinds of areas which are part of getting a community working together to make the place look nicer. It’s not just about the quality of the begonias!

They look at housekeeping and whether your area is clean and tidy. The suitability of the plants you’ve selected for their location. Whether you’ve done any recycling. How well you’ve worked with businesses and the local community. How much the local schools have been involved. It also takes into account how you have raised funds, promoted your campaign, recruited volunteers. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

All entrants produce a booklet with their chosen route for the judges and the details of what you’ve done throughout the year of your project. The judges come to visit and look at what you’ve done, and talk to people involved in the entry.

Flower display at the clock near the market
Flower display at the clock near the market

Flower display at the clock near the market

Awards for Fleetwood In Bloom

In 2018, Fleetwood In Bloom were awarded a Gold Medal in the Best Large Town Category

Fleetwood In Bloom win a Gold Medal in 2018
Fleetwood In Bloom win a Gold Medal in 2018

2017 saw the Fleetwood In Bloom Team come home with a a Silver-Gilt medal

Silver Gilt Award for Fleetwood In Bloom, 2017
Silver Gilt Award for Fleetwood In Bloom, 2017

We’re proud to be in excellent company alongside accolades and distinctions achieved by the Willow Garden Project, Wyre Council, Friends of the Memorial Park and many other community entries that did so well in Fleetwood in 2017.

The Town Council work in partnership with many of these groups and would like to thank all the councillors, officers, donating businesses and individuals and volunteers who gave up their time, expertise and money to make Fleetwood floral this year. Very well done to everyone. Judging for Fleetwood in Bloom took place on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

Flowers for Fleetwood In Bloom 2016

In 2016 the Fleetwood In Bloom entry won another Silver Award.

Flowers for Fleetwood in Bloom 2016
Flowers for Fleetwood in Bloom 2016

Fleetwood In Bloom 2015

In November 2014, members of the Fleetwood in Bloom group planted hundreds of daffodils in the grass at the Marine Hall Gardens and at Fisherman’s Walk, Lord Street. Their planting in winter is just one of the efforts made all year round by the community. Their hard work paid off and the Fleetwood In Bloom entry was rewarded with a Silver Medal in 2015.

Planting daffodil bulbs in November 2014
Planting daffodil bulbs in November 2014. l-r: Rotarian Margaret Lund, Civic Society Margaret Daniels, Cllr. John Warnock. Rotarian Gordon Oates

The team were delighted to secure a Silver Award for their first return entry in 2014.

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