Barnoldswick in Bloom is an award winning organisation helping to make Barnoldswick a town that we can all feel proud of!
The bloom group works to improve our town by creating a better environment for everyone to enjoy. The group carries out 'hands on' activity throughout the year, planting, tending and tidying up areas around Barnoldswick.
The group is open to anyone that feels proud and passionate about Barnoldswick (or is willing to help improve civic pride). Activities for people of all ages and abilities are organised throughout the year. Enthusiasm is a common feature of group members; gardening experience is not a requirement (though the odd expert is appreciated!) The group works with local schools and other organisations, such as the Garden Gate Association and the Valley Garden group.
In 2011, Barnoldswick in Bloom (BiB) won a gold medal in the Royal Horticultural Society's North West In Bloom event and won the trophy for the best newcomer. Maintaining the traditional border status of our town, in 2012 the bloom group has entered Barnoldswick in both the North West and Yorkshire In Bloom competitions.
Activity carried out by the group includes the organisation of a 'Grow and Show' event where gardening 'gurus' can pass on tips to new generations. The 2011 event offered youngsters the chance to plant hyacinth and tete a tete bulbs to grow for Christmas. Hundreds of bulbs were planted together with hundreds more small plants being potted up. The next Grow and Show event is planned for September 2012. The event will also feature a Horticultural Show where produce from local growers will be displayed for people to admire.
In Autumn, the bloom group get down and dirty planting spring bulbs. In 2011, both the Chamber of Trade and Town Council bought bulbs to plant and over 13,000 bulbs went in alongside approach roads to the town, in front of the Holy Trinity Church, on the Town Green and in various town centre locations. Scores of people of all ages helped with the planting. The results of the work should be seen each spring for years to come.
Creating lasting landscapes by planting trees and hedges is also a priority for the group. The bloom group are participating in a bid to plant a million trees in February through the Woodland Trust's Queen's Diamond Jubilee campaign. In Barnoldswick, the planting is taking place on the Town Green and off Greenberfield Lane.
Get Your Hands Dirty Action Days during March will help prepare the town for the Yorkshire in Bloom spring judging.
In April, the group are inviting townsfolk to join in sowing wildflower seeds in part of Valley Gardens in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
During July, Barnoldswick in Bloom is organising 'Best Kept' events for residents to coincide with judging in the regional 'In Bloom' competitions.
The bloom group meets monthly (usually on the last Wednesday). Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and help plan and implement activities. To become a registered group member costs just £1 a year.