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 has been another great success in 2019. This year’s theme is Fish and Flowers. The colour scheme is multi-coloured one – it’s a festival of flowers to celebrate the gold award last year.
The fishy displays have been made by children from Larkholme, Shakespeare, St Wulstans and St Edmunds, St Marys and Flakefleet Schools. Can you find your fish?
This is George. He’s the most senior volunteer for Fleetwood in Bloom. Following the passing of his wife he wanted to do something useful (and keep him out of mischief!). So he offered to take care of the planted boat beside the log cabin. THANK YOU GEORGE.
Community and Residents Garden Competition
Fleetwood Town Council is supporting this years community competition. They’ve been on the lookout for your gorgeous gardens.
Not only were there cash prizes, there’s also the warm feeling of knowing that you’ve made Fleetwood a prettier place for everyone.
Get your Back Alley Blooming!
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 has transformed a back alley to WOW the judges. Just look at what they started out with!
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.
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.
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. Work on In Bloom takes place all year round, so now it all starts again for 2020!
Contact Dawn Spooner at Fleetwood Town Council, email firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Awards for Fleetwood In Bloom
In 2018, Fleetwood In Bloom were awarded a Gold Medal in the Best Large Town Category
2017 saw the Fleetwood In Bloom Team come home with a a Silver-Gilt medal
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.
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.
The team were delighted to secure a Silver Award for their first return entry in 2014.
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