Anglia in Bloom Virtual Awards 2021

Redbourn in Bloom entered all 10 categories, with 2 projects entered for 2 of these categories and 3 "It's Your Neighbourhood" projects. A total of 15 entries! Here are the results:

Redbourn won a Silver Gilt Award in the Small Towns Category

Wildlife/Wildflower category:

The Forest Tots' Bug Hotel at St Mary's Church was the overall winner!

It's Your Neighbourhood category:

Fish Street Approach - Silver Gilt

The Tom, Dick & Harry Allotments - Silver

New Forge Place - Silver

Further details of all of our entries are below:

SPRING PLANTING DISPLAY – HIGH ST. REDBOURN

Redbourn in Bloom plants displays twice yearly in beds, planters and hanging baskets along the High Street. A committee member chooses the colour scheme. Volunteers plant and regularly weed and dead-head.  This was our display of tulips and wallflowers in Spring 2021.

SUMMER BEDDING DISPLAY

We plant up all our beds and planters twice yearly.  A committee member chooses the colour scheme, this summer deep red, orange, blue and white; marigolds, phormium, ageratum, bacopa, helichrysum and calibrachoa.  Plants and compost come from our local garden centre.  Volunteers plant, weed and deadhead regularly.

SUSTAINABLE PLANTING - CUMBERLAND GARDENS

Given to Redbourn via a planning agreement, a quiet oasis and place to rest between the High Street and Medical Centre.  Originally planted by the Parish Clerk and volunteers, Redbourn in Bloom members have recently added more shrubs, climbers and bulbs to increase colour. The lawn is used for village events.

SUSTAINABLE PLANTING - REDBOURN PARISH CENTRE

Redbourn Parish Centre was opened in 2011.  The garden was planted by the clerk, councillors and Redbourn in Bloom volunteers, and is maintained by the Parish Council.  Now mature, with colourful shrubs, bulbs and perennials it provides a small quiet seating area for centre users and passers-by.

SPECIAL FEATURE - 
PORTICO AT THE 
REDBOURN MUSEUM

Portico, rescued from Redbourn House, former home of the Bowes Lyons, forms an enchanting entrance to secret garden beyond.  To recognize its royal heritage, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother roses are planted either side.  A yew hedge with disabled access surrounds the garden. Financed by parishioners, tended by volunteers.

SPECIAL FEATURE -
THE PUDDINGSTONE BED

Early in 2021 our flowerbed at the Harpenden entrance to Redbourn featuring a large Hertfordshire Puddingstone needed revitalising for greater impact.  Bloom volunteers removed existing plants and planned and chose new ones, sponsored by local businesses.  It’s now a colourful mixture of shrubs, perennials and annuals for all year interest.

HANGING BASKETS

Colour scheme coordinated with High Street summer bedding. Plants chosen and purchased by Redbourn in Bloom:  geraniums, begonias, helichrysum and calibrachoa.  Planted and cared for by pupils aged 11-14 at St. Luke’s  School. Sixteen baskets on display in the High Street and at Redbourn Library.  Watering paid for by Redbourn Parish Council.

PUBLIC SPACE - THE MOOR

The Moor, part of the Common, is maintained by Redbourn Parish Council.  The River Red, a chalk stream, flows through it and is one of the River Ver’s tributaries.  It contains reeds and bulrushes, and is possibly the derivation of “Redbourn” – “the reedy-stream”.  Mature weeping willows provide welcome shade.

Overall Winner in Wildlife/Wildflower Category

CHURCHYARD, ST. MARY’S CHURCH

C12th Parish Church of St. Mary’s.  A team of 30 volunteers care for the grounds. Outdoor services held during Covid-19.  Wire sculptures by Virginia Corbett – part of Forest Tots’ Trail based on “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse”.  The large cedar tree extends welcome to all.

LOCAL AUTHORITY PLANTING – REDBOURN PARISH CENTRE

Redbourn Parish Centre opened in 2011. Garden funded by the Parish Council, planted by the clerk, councillors and volunteers. Maintained by the Parish Council, with regular mulching, bark chippings and trimming. Now mature, with colourful shrubs, bulbs and perennials, provides a small seating area and attractive surrounds to the building.

FOREST TOTS BUG HOTEL, ST MARY'S CHURCHYARD

Local residents donated wooden pallets, tiles, flower pots, tubing, bricks etc for our outdoor toddler group to create a home for mini beasts. Children and their families add sticks and leaves to it on their walks. It is great to see how they are learning to appreciate and enjoy nature.

WILDLIFE ENTRY – DRY HEDGE, REDBOURN HIGH STREET

Created by the River Ver with branches cleared from Fish St. Approach by volunteers, dry hedges are an environmentally friendly way of using brush to create dense structure which provides nesting for birds, a safe area for animals to move around and nest, particularly amphibians and small mammals like hedgehogs.

IT'S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECTS

Silver Gilt Award

ST MATTHEW'S CARE HOME - NEW GARDEN 2021

The bulldozer arrived in February to dig up our old garden for the new isolation suite.

With a positive attitude we moved forward to another area.  We tried to create a journey, exploring different focal points, including a beach hut and a scarecrow made by the residents, and reused items from around the home. From early April through to summer, residents helped with planting and sowing, watering and deadheading, and enjoyed sitting and chatting with a cuppa and watching our new garden grow.

FISH ST. APPROACH

One of the village approaches was very untidy.  Branches from trees cut by the council and rubbish littered the verge.

Local residents volunteered to improve the area.

After clearing the ground, the area is being replanted with recycled plants from other areas in the village and residents’ gardens.

Silver Award

NEW FORGE PLACE

New Forge Place is a retirement scheme in Redbourn.  Residents who are able plant perennials, summer bedding, baskets and pots.  This is therapeutic for gardeners and visitors, it also enhances the mental health of less mobile people overlooking the gardens. A planter reflects Redbourn in Bloom’s High St. colour scheme

Silver Award

TOM, DICK & HARRY - COMMUNITY GROUPED ALLOTMENTS

Three friends took on three overgrown allotments at start of lockdown. They had no experience of allotmenteering, but enthusiasm and energy. A year on the results are amazing. Lots of food, lots of bugs in the bug hotel, created with children.  Pond sees lots of wildlife including tadpoles. The shed has been transformed into a decorated practical area.  

Upcycled materials create a working greenhouse, used to bring on seedlings and dry onions. There is a picnic area - a great place to eat fish and chips!