Welcome to Wareham in Bloom

Wareham in Bloom Entry 2014
South and South East in Bloom Competition

Following our Wareham in Bloom party visit to Brighton on Tuesday 17th September to hear the results of our entry, Wareham achieved another Silver Gilt award this year for Wareham in the Small Town category, rather than a hoped for Gold award. Disappointing, but there was only one Gold award in the Small Town category this year and at the end of the day, we do it primarily for our residents and visitors, from whom we have had some magnificent accolades this year. Silver Gilt is still an excellent result for any town and two other Wareham entries achieved ‘Best in Class (‘Overall category winner), something to be very proud of.

Three points off Gold, so we have it all to do again next year! Volunteers, are you out there? Why not give us a hand to achieve Gold for YOUR town? Contact Debbie on 01929 553006 at the Wareham Town Hall and she will be delighted to take your details.

The results for our category are below:

Small Town
West Parley ... Silver
Angmering in Bloom Association ... Silver Gilt
Cranbrook in Bloom ... Silver Gilt
Storrington ... Silver Gilt
Wareham in Bloom ... Silver Gilt
Wimborne in Bloom ... Gold & Winner

Wimborne will therefore go through to the national Britain in Bloom finals in 2015 as category overall winner.

Other categories entered as part of Wareham in Bloom this year achieved awards as follows:

Small Conservation Area
Oakley Park Conservation Area, Fleet ... Silver Gilt
Upton Woods, Upton ... Silver Gilt
Redcliffe Riverside Path, Wareham ... Silver Gilt & Winner

Wareham is overall category winner (well done John Scott, his volunteer team and anyone who helped with the flood relief works earlier in the year!) A glass trophy was also presented with the certificate.

St. Margaret's Church Grounds, Rottingdean ... Silver
St. Mary’s, Storrington Parish Church, Storrington ... Silver
St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Rustington ... Silver
St. Swithun's Churchyard, East Grinstead ... Silver Lady
St. Marys Church, Wareham ... Silver Gilt & Winner

Wareham Lady St Mary churchyard is overall category winner and is ‘Churchyard of the Year’! Congratulations to John Smith who looks after the churchyard and is Vice Chair of the Wareham in Bloom Committee. A glass trophy was also presented with the certificate.

All framed certificates/trophies are available in the Town Hall if anyone wishes to see them.

20th Anniversary

2014 sees the 20th Anniversary of the Wareham in Bloom Committee.

Formed in 1994 by a number of local residents who simply wished to brighten up the town and make it a better place in which to live and work.

Thousands of daffodil bulbs planted that year on grass verges in various areas of the town. Bulbs multiplied and now form a swathe of yellow and gold in early spring to welcome the new season. More bulbs have been planted every year.

The committee currently consists of 15 members, 2 Councillors, 2 ex-councillors 2 Council employees who are keen to help and the rest comprising of residents of the town.

Committee eventually incorporated into a non-standing committee of Wareham Town Council, working continually to improve the look of the town.

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 to the town.

There are more elements to ‘In Bloom’ than floral displays, however. Over the years the hardworking committee has also dealt with recycling, community participation, environmental awareness, cleanliness and tidiness of the town and upkeep of street furniture, amongst many other initiatives.

If you would like to help Wareham ‘Go for Gold’ in any way please let Councillor Eric Osmond know - tel: 01929 551000.
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