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in Bloom 2015. South and South East in Bloom Competition.
This year the Wareham in Bloom Committee decided not to enter the South and South East in Bloom Competition for various reasons and concentrate on our own local competitions like the Best Front Garden and Best Allotment in the town with our awards ceremony held on 23rd October 2015. We can then ‘Go for Gold’ again in the future.
Last year we visited Brighton on 17th September to hear the results of our entry. Wareham achieved another Silver Gilt award in the small town category and were only three points off winning a gold award. We were disappointed not to get gold but there was only one gold award in this category and that was achieved by Wimborne who were also overall category winners and eligible for entry into 2015 Britain in Bloom.
However primarily we do put in all the effort in enhancing the town for our residents and visitors, and have received many accolades for the displays. In two other categories we did win “Best in Class”, something of which we are very proud. These categories were Small Conservation area for the Redcliff Riverside Path, the work of our partners in enhancing Wareham, the Wareham and District Development Trust. Well done to John Scott and his volunteers and all who helped with the flood relief works earlier in the year. They won silver gilt and a glass trophy. The other category was Churchyard of the year. Lady St. Mary’s churchyard won silver gilt and another glass trophy. Well done to John Smith who looks after the churchyard and is Vice Chair of Wareham in Bloom. All the framed certificates and the trophies are available to view at the Town Hall.
2014 saw the twentieth anniversary of Wareham in Bloom as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Britain in Bloom Competition. It was formed in 1994 by a number of local residents who wished to brighten up the town and make it a better place in which to live and work.
Thousands of daffodil bulbs were planted that year on grass verges in various areas of the town. These bulbs multiplied and now form a swathe of yellow in early spring to welcome the new season. More bulbs have been planted every year since. A decision was taken to put annual fixed basket floral displays in the town centre together with static displays that are bolted to the ground. Today these form the popular backdrop to summer in Wareham, May to September and are often commented upon by visitors.
The current committee consists of 15 members, 3 councillors, 3 ex-councillors and residents of the town. The committee was eventually incorporated into a non- standing committee of Wareham Town Council, working continually to improve the look of the town.
The Town Council do not pay for any of Wareham in Bloom’s displays and initiatives like the Saxon Roundabout and the Saxon Magical Corner. All the funds are raised by sponsorship and fundraising. There are two fundraising sales in May and November. We are very grateful for the help of local businesses who contribute with equipment and manpower.
There are more elements to ‘In Bloom’ than floral displays. Over the years the hard working committee has also dealt with recycling, community participation, environmental awareness and tidiness of the town. Provision and maintenance of the street furniture is another aspect of the committees work.
This year our project is to refurbish one of the town centre telephone boxes. The town council purchased one of them for a £1 about three years ago and recently we have received funding to purchase original 1930s telephone equipment to go inside. The old red telephone boxes are part of British heritage and the equipment will remind people of a bygone age that we wish to preserve.
So why not give us a hand? Volunteers are always needed to water and dead head the displays and we welcome new committee members. Just keeping your own frontage weed free and tidy helps make the town look good.
If anyone can help please telephone the Town Council on 01929 553006 or call in to see the staff. Alternatively you can contact Cllr Eric Osmond on 01929 551000.