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Our Participation in RHS Britain in Bloom

RHS Britain In Bloom is a nationwide community gardening competition. More than 3,000 groups participate each year to help improve their local villages, towns and cities. Benefits include cleaner, greener and safer surroundings, a growing sense of community pride, increased commercial enterprise and tourism. Communities of all sizes take part each year to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and, of course, horticultural achievement.

Altrincham enters the regional competition - North West In Bloom - and has been very successful to date. Since becoming a volunteer-led organisation, we have achieved a Gold award every year in the Large Towns category. This year (2017) we also entered the Town Centres category in association with Altrincham Unlimited. In 2016, after just three years as a voluntary group, we were nominated to represent the North West at the Britain In Bloom finals which take place on October 27th in Llandudno. 

JUDGING

Horticultural Achievement attracts half of the overall marks we can attain. The juddges are looking at the choice and quality of plants, special features, innovation, design and colour. They also look at how sustainable our planting is and how we cultivate and maintain plant life. The whole town is considered – from hanging baskets to town centre planters, railing and lamp post planters, window boxes and doorway pots. Nowhere is ignored  - from residential areas to the grounds of public buildings like schools and churches, the exterior of commercial premises, and of course public green spaces, parks and verges.

Environmental Responsibility is also assessed and a quarter of the overall marks can be awarded in this category. This means everything which affects the cleanliness of our streets and public spaces from natural debris, to litter, dog mess and graffiti and how we manage resources and reduce waste.  How things look is also considered – from signage to art, landscaping and protecting our built heritage. Also assessed is the way we support wildlife and encourage biodiversity including our town’s natural heritage.

Community Participation also attracts up to a quarter of the overall marks. The judges look at development, continuity, education, collaboration, communication, publicity, fundraising and the sustainability of our project. They also assess year-round activity and future planning. 

So you see, there’s a heck of a lot involved in Altrincham In Bloom’s work and in how the RHS Britain In Bloom judges assess the town.  It’s not ‘just about flowers’. 

HORTICULTURE
Growing The Future
ENVIRONMENT
Clean & Well Maintained
COMMUNITY
Working Together

OUR PROJECTS TO DATE

GREENING GREY BRITAIN FOR WILDLIFE 2017
Fully engaged with the principles of the RHS campaign, we have been creating wildlife habitats all over town for birds, hedgehogs and insects including a huge Bug Hotel which we call Altrincham's 'Airborne BnB'. We have 3 hedgehog houses hidden in the town centre and have put an additional 7 bird boxes up this year.
GREENING GREY BRITAIN FOR HUMANS 2017
We have also been working hard to add colour and interest to our town centre with the addition this year of a Living Wall, 24 lamp post planters (thanks to Real Estate Investment Partnerships and Trafford Partnership) and 10 barrier planters outside Altrincham Interchange, courtesy of Altrincham Unlimited.
COMMUNITY PLANTER SCHEME
Our Community Planter Scheme earned us the 'Best Community Effort' award at 2014's North West In Bloom awards and we're pleased to say that our 22 square wooden planters have gone from strength to strength ever since. Designed, planted and maintained by different businesses and organisations in Altrincham, each one is unique and interesting and while providing useful profile for their 'custodians', we keep signage quite minimal so as not to distract too much from the displays which are renewed at least twice a year.
FOUR SEASONS WALKWAY
Now in its fourth year, our original walkway transformation project has become a beacon of happiness, bringing smiles to the faces of pedestrians and enhancing their daily traverse. It just gets better and better every year providing colour and interest throughout the seasons! Every time we work on the site, we are inundated with appreciation from passers-by who tell us how beautiful it is.
'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' - SHAW'S GREEN
Following our 2016 public space food growing trial, we upped the ante in 2017 and planted more fruit bushes and trees on site. All of the fresh fruit and vegetables grown here support a Senior Citizen's Lunch Club which helps to combat social isolation. We also use the site to help educate children who learn as we grow and encourage passers-by to start growing food at home like earlier generations used to.
PRETTY WILD RESERVATION
The 29 metre long central reservation on Church Street outside the Cresta Court Hotel has been capturing national attention with its colourful and sustainable wildflower planting and buzzing insect activity. In fact it has been inspiring others to do the same. Each spring we scatter flower seed for a colourful and long-lived display. This year, we are also under-planting it for a display of Spring flowers.
THE LIVING WALL
Alongside Altrincham's Interchange, we discovered a wooden structure alongside the path, filled with rubble. Gradually, we have been turning this into a Living Wall by replacing pockets of rubble with growing medium and introducing drought-tolerant plants. So far so good, though we are having a bit of a battle with slugs and snails who seem to be enjoying some of our plants a little too much!
GORGEOUS GARDEN AWARDS
With Skipton Building Society's kind sponsorship, we launched the Gorgeous Garden Awards in 2017 designed to celebrate our community's front gardens which bring so joy much to so many. Front gardens in WA14 and WA15 postcodes were assessed for 'gorgeousness' by Altrincham In Bloom volunteers and a grand draw prize of £250 was won by John Tompson of Rutland Road. We hope to make this an annual award scheme to encourage residents to do more with their own gardens.
THE GREEN GATEWAY
Arguably the most ambitious of our projects, yet to be completed. So far, we have only prepared the site for development but are part way to funding the next stage which will involve landscape design, public consultation and the development of innovative features.
WILDFLOWER BANKS
This year we began encouraging the growth of wildflowers in the grassy banks at one end of Lloyd Street. Having cut the grass very short, we planted some wildflower plug plants and they began to grow. Unfortunately, One Trafford accidentally strimmed the whole site in early July destroying what we had done. We have now agreed a new tactic going forward which will involve tree management and more regular grass cutting.
1206
VOLUNTEER HOURS
6
REGIONAL AWARDS
0
NATIONAL AWARDS
500
CUPS OF TEA

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Shaw’s Green ‘Food for Thought’ project

Shaw’s Green ‘Food for Thought’ project

Shaw's Green is all about making a public space attractive a...
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Our potatoes going down well

Our potatoes going down well

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Shaw’s Green ‘Food For Thought’ project

Shaw’s Green ‘Food For Thought’ project

Phil helps us plant epaliered fruit trees
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Community Planter Scheme

Community Planter Scheme

Altrincham Unlimited's planter on George Street
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The Four Seasons Walkway – perfect all year round

The Four Seasons Walkway – perfect all year round

Our Four Seasons Walkway, connecting Denmark Street to the r...
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‘Our Altrincham’ Volunteers, helping to keep our town clean and tidy

‘Our Altrincham’ Volunteers, helping to keep our town clean and tidy

Volunteers from 'Our Altrincham' help us by collecting litte...
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Celebrating Our 3rd NWIB Gold award

Celebrating Our 3rd NWIB Gold award

What better way to celebrate our 3rd gold award than with a ...
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Making Bird Feeders

Making Bird Feeders

Making bird feeders
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Eric & Our stash of Revive Compost

Eric & Our stash of Revive Compost

Our volunteers are the backbone of Altrincham in Bloom, we c...
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Hawaii Meets Timperley

Hawaii Meets Timperley

Our lovely 'Hawaiian' volunteers funraising at Wyevale Garde...
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Fundraising

Our fundraising activities are supported by lovely local bus...
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