Britain In Bloom judges Julie Norman and John Bilsborough visited a bright and sunny Alderley Edge yesterday (2nd July) to review the Alderley Edge In Bloom group’s 2019 North West In Bloom entry.
Last year the group achieved a gold award and is hoping for continued success when results from this year are announced in November.
This year the judging criteria has changed – with just 40% of the marks reflecting horticultural excellence (a reduction from 50% last year) 30% for community participation (up from 25% last year) and 30% for environmental responsibility (up from 25% previously).
The changes reflect the changing nature of the Britain in Bloom initiative and its role in the community.
Groups work hard to develop a sense of community and to instils a sense of pride in people for the places they live and work in.
Alderley Edge In Bloom chairman Leslie Cox gave a brief presentation in St Philip’s Church about the group’s activities before taking the judges on a tour of the village.
Areas visited included the park, Chorley Hall Lane Allotment, Waitrose Woodland, London Road planting displays and the station car park garden area.
A fascinating stop-off was also made to see how Bruce Woollen is developing propagation techniques and his research into germination.
The judges also visited Wood Gardens where much work has been done by volunteers and residents to upgrade the local environment with new planting and more regular maintenance of the area.
Other new projects at Bramble Bank on Chorley Hall Lane and Ivy Gate, on Wilmslow Road by the top of Brook Lane we’re seen by the judges.
The Judges also had the pleasure of a trip up to Castle Rock on The Edge, before stopping by Peter Woolham’s superb organic garden at The Hough.
The spectacular garden never fails to impress the RHS judges, who remarked how wonderful and magical it was.
Leslie Cox was very pleased with the group’s 2019 entry.
He commented: “I’d like to praise the efforts of our growing band of volunteers, the village business community and the parish council for some great new projects and enhancements to previous areas. The village really looks colourful and largely litter free.
“People are becoming so much more aware of the environment and the group will be looking to build on pleasing progress going forward.”
The judges concluded their visit by joining volunteers for refreshments, before thanking everyone for an enjoyable afternoon.
Results will be announced at the annual award ceremony in Southport in November.