Golden success as Wilmslow In Bloom judged Best in the North West

Wilmslow has secured the honour of representing the North West in next year's national In Bloom finals together with a fifth gold medal and two additional trophies.

At an awards ceremony on Friday, 2nd November, Wilmslow was awarded the Pride of East Cheshire and as the Best Large Town in the North West trophies. In addition, the RHS judged the town the Community Champion of the area.

Ruth McNulty, Chair of Wilmslow In Bloom said "I am very pleased and proud that the judges have given us the accolade – and the responsibility – of representing the north west in next year's national finals. 2018 was not without its challenges but many people gave willingly of their time and expertise to help keep planting fresh. Very many thanks to everyone who contributed."

During the awards ceremony the previous day, volunteer groups in the town received no fewer than 7 awards in the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' category.

The Gardening Club at the United Reformed Church were accredited with a 'Thriving' award for their activities around the church and they impressed the judges with their innovative use of hanging baskets made from plastic milk containers.

All the town's other six entrants were judged 'Outstanding' – equivalent to a Gold award.

Chapel Lane Business Group have made a significant difference to their community by a collective effort from both businesses and residents who have used attractive planting to add colour and to tidy and clear unwanted weeds and overgrowth.

Friends of the Carrs have worked innovatively to help stabilise the banks of the Bollin and to introduce more pollinating plants whilst Incredible Edible has helped ensure that previously drab beds have blossomed. Additionally, their work around the Leisure Centre has become a talking point where tomato crops were harvested, in previously vandalised beds, made into chutney and sold to raise funds for the support of the clients at the Lifestyle Centre, who had worked during the summer to irrigate the parched beds.

The work done to preserve the character of Lindow Common was also recognised as was the commitment of the Rotary Club in Dean Row in planting and maintaining the rose beds in the Memorial Gardens. Lastly, the orchard and vegetable beds, planted and maintained by volunteers from Transition Wilmslow have again impressed the judges.

The Brewhouse again won a gold, bringing the total tally of awards and trophies to twelve for the town.

It was also a hugely successful year for Alderley Edge who picked up their first gold award in the small town category.

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Angela McPake
Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 5:23 pm
As someone with no green fingers at all, I am hugely impressed by the efforts made by so many people for Wilmslow in Bloom.

There are so many individuals and groups involved, it is a credit to the town. Well done to everyone who won an award- I look forward to the plans for us to be better than ever next year!
Pete Taylor
Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 9:07 pm
Well done to those who got soil under their finger nails, weeded and watered.
Pippa Jones
Sunday 4th November 2018 at 11:25 am
Fantastic news! In Bloom has made such a difference to Wilmslow over the last few years and it has been great to see so many different initiatives developing across the town growing fruit, flowers and vegetables. We have had some really bad environmental news recently, including significant reductions in the numbers of insects, birds and mammals, and it can be so disheartening that it is tempting to do nothing but wring our hands in despair. But the evidence for the importance of urban green spaces in maintaining an environment that not only looks after the plants and animals but contributes to our mental and physical health and well-being is overwhelming. It's not just our gardens (which are incredibly important) but also those small and sometimes apparently unloved green spaces..the ginnels, the roadside verges, the small patches of green in town that might not look like much but have the potential to be planted up and to look incredible... that matter. So, many congratulations to Ruth and all the many volunteers who have worked so hard to make this happen. Let's hope even more people can offer to dig, plant, water and harvest, and perhaps even identify more green spaces that can contribute to In Bloom next year!
Stuart Redgard
Sunday 4th November 2018 at 10:16 pm
Well done and thank you too all involved.
Ellie Brooks
Thursday 8th November 2018 at 2:43 pm
As a committee member and helper I’m so very very proud to have worked with our wonderful teams in Wilmslow. From our spectacular Clean Team to all our ‘growers’ the monumental effort made this year by all has been astounding, as shown in the results. A huge well done to all of you for making our town so special and a wonderful place to live! Special thanks to Ruth Menlove our Chair who’s guidance was invaluable. Here’s to next year!

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