Uttoxeter in Bloom

 

Uttoxeter Town Council, many community groups and community volunteers take part in Uttoxeter In Bloom each year to enable Uttoxeter to participate in the Heart of England in Bloom Annual Competition.

Uttoxeter Town Council together with the grant support from East Staffordshire Borough Council are responsible for entering Uttoxeter within the Heart of England in Bloom Annual Competition. Uttoxeter Town Council also provide grants to various community groups and schools.

The Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom annually provide floral trees, hanging baskets, floral beds and planters throughout the Town to make a brighter and more colourful place for both local people and visitors to live, work and generally enjoy.

Unfortunately, the Heart of England In Bloom annual competition was not able to take place in 2020 due to COVID-19 and the 2021 competition looks like it may take place, but to ensure it is COVID safe it will be a very different competition. However, we are all ready to take part in one way or another, in a COVID safe way and in line with government guidance.

Watch this space for more Uttoxeter In Bloom updates.

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2019

The Heart of England in Bloom Judges’ visited Uttoxeter on Thursday, 11 July 2019 to judge the Town as part of the Heart of England in Bloom Town category campaign.

The Judges’ also judged Uttoxeter Cemetery within the Heart of England in Bloom’s Parks and Open Spaces category.

Uttoxeter Town Council together with the grant support from East Staffordshire Borough Council were responsible for entering Uttoxeter within the Heart of England in Bloom Annual Competition.

The Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom provided floral trees, hanging baskets, floral beds and planters throughout the Town, to make a brighter and more colourful place for both local people and visitors to live, work and generally enjoy.

The Council also provided grants to all seven of the Town’s Schools, St. Mary’s Parish Church, the Royal British Legion, Uttoxeter Library and Redferns Cottage.

 

‘Blooming Marvellous’ awards for Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter was awarded Gold within the Town category of the Heart of England in Bloom campaign 2019 and was also awarded the overall Town Category Winner. In addition to these wonderful achievements, Uttoxeter was selected to represent the Heart of England in Bloom within the Britain in Bloom National Finals in 2020.

In addition to the Town category awards, Councillor Zdzislaw Krupski was awarded a Special Community Achievement Award.

The Heart of England in Bloom Regional Judges visited Uttoxeter on 11 July 2019. The Heart of England in Bloom Judges’ Roger Tait and Donna Loasby made the following comments on the Town’s Regional entry:

Donna Loasby and Roger Tait said “As we have come to expect of Uttoxeter, this year’s tour was filled with exciting and innovative people and projects, and led with the customary passion and pride of Tina and Caroline, who truly are the beating heart of the town’s Bloom campaign, ably assisted by an ever expanding flock of dedicated and enthusiastic Bloomers. Uttoxeter never lacks the courage to try new things and always delivers on effort, facing challenges head on and staying positive in the face of adversity. This was epitomized by the Cleaner Beats song and rap performed by the children at the conclusion of the tour. The imminent Sheep Fair provided the opportunity for some great fun on the tour, where communities had seized the chance to show their support for the event, and without trying to pull the wool over the judge’s eyes, had put their own spin on this theme in their particular projects! The results certainly were not mutton dressed as lamb and Uttoxeter has no reason to feel sheepish with their campaign this year. The judges look forward to coming baah-ck next year!”

Areas of Achievement:

•The baskets and floral trees in and around the town centre were very well developed, colourful and had high impact

•The growing of plants at the Go Garden centre for use throughout the town was hugely commendable

•The Uttoxeter Cares/SOB’s garden at The Hermitage had really developed and was beautifully maintained

•The Library Garden continued to be spectacular – a riot of colour

•The perennial planting at the Railway Station by the Adopters provided great impact for people and also benefited pollinating insects

•The roses around the paddock at the Racecourse were gorgeous and set off by the beautifully manicured lawn

•The planting in the caravan park was great fun, and brightened up the site wonderfully

•The Globe Eco Centre is a fantastic resource for the town and a great new addition to the tour. A particular mention to the hydroponic system, the workshop for sorting and shredding the plastics, and the wonderful range of products in the shop made from the recycled materials – excellent!

•A special mention also for the new Household Waste Recycling centre and the increased recycling rate of 43.6% – this, along with Uttoxeter’s status as a Fair Trade town, really cemented its green credentials

•The Go Garden Centre with its wildflower meadow, wildlife areas and home-grown flowers and veg continued to be a tremendous asset

•The wildflower verges and strips throughout the route created mini habitats and contributed to the aims of the Biodiversity Strategy – the Bee Friendly signs helped to promote this

•The town-wide “buy-in” to environmental issues from community groups, volunteers and partner organisations was very commendable

•The re-use of chipped tree arisings for mulch and bio-fuel was a positive, as was the water pump at the station, fed by the Picknall Brook

•The Park Avenue allotments were well stocked and contained an innovative Kids Patch

•The Maltings was clean, tidy and cared-for, despite being closed

•The engagement with and genuine involvement of a range of age and interest groups across the entire town was evident, with some particularly dedicated volunteers such as Zdzislaw Krupski deserving of a special mention

•New groups and projects being included in the campaign as well as long-standing supporters such as the Strawberry Garden Centre

•Events and activities for a range of tastes were evident all year round – the then imminent sheep fair had obviously captured the attention of the town with some great shop window dressings and an abundance of knitted sheep

•Strong sponsorship and fund raising activity, from the Town and Borough Councils, grant awards and “in-kind” contributions

•Almost 2,000 hours of volunteer time – up by 250 hours from last year

•Increased use of social media to promote the campaign

 

In addition to the Town’s Awards, the Heart of England in Bloom announced its ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Winners and Uttoxeter received the following Awards:

The Uttoxeter Go Garden Project was awarded Level 5 – Outstanding

Uttoxeter Station Adopters was awarded Level 5 – Outstanding together with ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Certificate of Outstanding Achievement’ Discretionary Award

Uttoxeter Library Courtyard Garden was awarded Level 5 – Outstanding

Uttoxeter Cemetery was awarded Gold within the Parks Category

Bramshall Road Park was awarded Silver Gilt within the Parks Category

The Globe Community Garden was awarded Level 3 – Advancing

Bradley House Club was awarded Level 4 – Thriving

The Heath Community Garden was awarded Level 1 – Establishing

These awards are in addition to the Borough Council’s entry for Pennycroft Park.

Town Mayor, Councillor Sue McGarry said “These results are fantastic and reflect the excellent partnerships which have been developed between the Town Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, local organisations and our wonderful volunteers. These results are an accolade to the whole town.”

Chair of Uttoxeter in Bloom, Councillor Carolyn Green said ‘’ Uttoxeter has some truly exceptional and creative gardening volunteers, whom without their support we could not have achieved the results we did. To obtain a place in the Britain in Bloom National campaign for the second time in 3 years is phenomenal. The Uttoxeter In Bloom Committee are looking forward to working with the community and our Partners over the next few months on our entries for summer 2020.’’

Tina Jeffery, Town Clerk and Bloom Co-ordinator said “I am truly delighted with the results that Uttoxeter has achieved, these wonderful awards reflect the effort and commitment of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Working Group, Councillors and many, many community volunteers. I would personally like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have participated and provided sponsorship and support throughout the past year; you have all done Uttoxeter proud. We are currently planning the tour for the Britain in Bloom Nationals for next year; so once again, it will be another busy year for the Town”.

The Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom annually provide floral trees, hanging baskets, floral beds and planters throughout the town to make a brighter and more colourful place for residents and visitors to live, work and enjoy.

The Bloom funding enables the Bloom Committee to provide grants to all seven of the Town’s Schools, St. Mary’s Parish Church, the Royal British Legion and Uttoxeter Library, together with a number of community projects which change annually.

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2018 –‘Blooming Marvellous’ awards for Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter was awarded Gold within the Town category of the Heart of England in Bloom campaign 2018. The Heart of England in Bloom Regional Judges visited Uttoxeter on 12 July 2018.

The Heart of England in Bloom Judges’ Roger Tait and Donna Loasby made the following comments on the Town’s Regional entry:

“It was great to return to Uttoxeter again to meet old friends and new in another action packed tour of the town. The togetherness of everyone we met is a key strength in Uttoxeter, and demonstrates that there is a true common goal to which all involved are aiming for. The tour demonstrated that there is a continual churn of new ideas, projects and people getting involved in Bloom and bringing a variety of skills and talents into play. The team in Uttoxeter have delivered another great year, and already have a watchful eye on opportunities for the future.”

Areas of Achievement:
• The Go Garden project was amazing – to see how it had blossomed into such a fantastic resource in only 3 years is incredible. The wildflower meadow was stunning, and the vegetable beds were full to bursting!
• The hanging baskets/troughs/haybaskets outside the Town Hall sponsored by Strawberry Garden Centre and those from the Go Garden were of excellent quality.
• The petunias at Bradley House Club were impressive.
• The Library Garden was magnificent.
• Imogen’s Garden at St Joseph’s School was truly inspiring- creating a thing of wonder from such tragedy.
• Millfield Victory Allotments Voyage project nasturtium bottles were an unusual touch.
• The new Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan was being used to guide new projects and influence planning decisions – wildflower plantings were being expanded across the town and green routes/corridors were being planned into developments (Hazelwalls).
• Bug hotels, bird/bat boxes and hedgehog houses were incorporated in appropriate locations.
• Separating and recycling of waste at parks and the Cemetery with green waste composted for re-use.
• High quality public art on roundabouts and the mural at the Train Station.
• Vibrant monthly market.
• Brook fed water pump and ingenious trolley system for transporting water at the Train Station.
• Heritage Lottery Fund grant for restoration of Redferns Cottage Museum.
• The Fairtrade Uttoxeter initiative.
• Partnership with Police to tackle vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the town.
• The “above ground level sanctums” project at the Cemetery.
• Continued to work with the owner of the Maltings to keep this area tidy pending redevelopment.
• An all year round programme of events and activities, extremely well linked together and involved a wide cross section of the community. Strong relationships throughout the town and increased volunteer hours.
• Strong sponsorship, funding and grant awarding arrangements with succession plan in place for reduced ESBC funding. Good to see Tesco and Waitrose grants been awarded.
• Section 106 Agreements in place to secure funding of £220k over next 15 years.
• Excellent links with all schools in the town and involvement of over 150 4-6 year olds in the annual Plant Out at the Park.
• Distribution of the Lost Words book to schools.

In addition to the Town’s Gold Award, the Uttoxeter Go Garden Project was awarded the Judges’ Discretionary Environmental Award which was truly fantastic.

Uttoxeter Cemetery and Bramshall Road Park were awarded Silver-Gilt within the Parks & Open Spaces Category.

The Community Courtyard at the Library and the Railway Station Adopters for their community gardens were both awarded Level 5 ‘Outstanding’ and Bradley House Club awarded Level 3 – ‘Advancing’ within the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” campaign which were all truly fantastic achievements. These were in addition to the Borough Council’s Heath Community Park and Pennycroft Park awards.

Councillor David Trenery said “As Chair of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Committee, I am delighted that Uttoxeter has once again won gold in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. This is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who work tirelessly to make Uttoxeter a beautiful place to live. I am particularly pleased by the recognition given to the Go Garden project which has been given a Discretionary Environmental Award, and delighted with the fantastic results achieved by Uttoxeter’s entries into the It’s Your Neighbourhood and Parks & Open Spaces campaigns.”
Town Mayor, Councillor Alison Trenery said “These results are fantastic and reflect the excellent partnerships which have been developed between the Town Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, local organisations and our wonderful volunteers. These results are an accolade to the whole town.”

The Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom annually provide floral trees, hanging baskets, floral beds and planters throughout the town to make a brighter and more colourful place for residents and visitors to live, work and enjoy.

The Bloom funding enables the Bloom Committee to provide grants to all seven of the Town’s Schools, St. Mary’s Parish Church, the Royal British Legion and Uttoxeter Library, together with a number of community projects which change annually.

Tina Jeffery, Uttoxeter in Bloom Co-ordinator stated “The wonderful awards reflect the effort and commitment of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Working Group, Town Councillors and many, many community volunteers. I would personally like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have participated and provided sponsorship and support throughout the past year; you have all done Uttoxeter proud.”

In addition to the above mentioned, Burton and Winshill were awarded Gold awards within their categories which is a truly wonderful achievement for the ‘In Bloom Federation’ for the Borough and Winshill were selected to represent the Heart of England in Bloom within the Britain in Bloom Nationals in 2019.

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2017 – Uttoxeter awarded ‘Silver-Gilt’ within the Britain in Bloom Nationals

Uttoxeter was awarded Silver-Gilt within The Britain in Bloom National Finals as announced on 27 October 2017 in Llandudno.

2017 – ‘Blooming Gold for Uttoxeter’ within the Heart of England in Bloom Campaign
Uttoxeter was awarded Gold within the Town category of the Heart of England in Bloom campaign 2017. The Heart of England in Bloom Regional Judges visited Uttoxeter on 13 July 2017 and the Britain in Bloom National Judges visited the Town on 3 August 2017.

The Heart of England in Bloom Judges’ Roger Tait and Donna Loasby made the following comments on the Town’s Regional entry:
Uttoxeter lived up to expectations again as the Judges enjoyed another hugely enjoyable visit to the Town. It is evident that the community spirit is continuing to thrive with everyone pulling together to ensure that Uttoxeter is a great place to live, work and visit all year round. Highlights on the tour included the community farm and conservation area at Thomas Alleynes High School, Bradley House Club, the Library Community Garden and the Railway Station, but everyone involved deserves credit for a real team effort. The Judges wish Uttoxeter the best of luck in the National competition and feel sure you will do the Heart of England proud.
Areas of Achievement:
• The hanging baskets around the Town and on pubs/business premises looked very good
• The Library Community Garden was simply stunning
• The range and quality of plants in the Railway Station Garden provided a beautiful area for rest and contemplation as well as being heaven for bees!
• The Go Garden project had produced high quality plants which are displayed around the Town to great effect. Wildflower planting at the Go Garden site and other bee friendly planting (and signs!)
• Well stocked and beautifully kept plots at Millfield Victory Allotments
• Memorial tree planting scheme at the Cemetery
• The Community Farm and Conservation area was a real educational and environmental asset
• Recycling bins around the Town, improved recycling service (blue bag scheme), peat free for 17 years
• Public art celebrating the Town’s heritage (mural at the Station and sculptures on the roundabouts)
• Fairtrade Town status and good progress with the Town Hall refurbishment
• Success in resolving longstanding graffiti issue with Staffordshire County Council – well done!
• Great to see the Garden of Remembrance was underway with its high quality natural stone pathway
• Uttoxeter was not standing still and continued to progress with both existing and new projects – there was great engagement from a wide range of community groups who fed off each other and shared best practice
• All 7 schools in Uttoxeter were engaged in the campaign as well as other groups such as the Voyage group at the allotments and it was also widely and successfully publicized through a range of media and via the year round programme of events and activities
• There was a good funding strategy in place via a network of partners and costs/contributions were recorded alongside volunteer hours to enable the campaign to be sustainably planned and resourced
• The Holly Road Supportive Care Centre/Uttoxeter Cares garden provided a peaceful haven for its service users.

In addition to the Town’s Gold Award, Uttoxeter Cemetery and Bramshall Road Park were awarded Silver-Gilt within the Parks & Open Spaces Category, both first time entries.
The Community Garden at the Library was awarded Level 5 ‘Outstanding’ within “It’s Your Neighbourhood” together with a special achievement award “The Heart of England in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood Community Award”.

Uttoxeter Train Station was awarded Level 4 ‘Thriving’ within the “It’s Your Neighbourhood.”

The Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom annually provide floral trees, hanging baskets, floral beds and planters throughout the Town to make a brighter and more colourful place for both local people and visitors to live, work and generally enjoy.

The Bloom funding enables the Bloom Committee to provide grants to all seven of the Town’s Schools, St. Mary’s Parish Church, the Royal British Legion, Uttoxeter Library together with a number of community projects which change annually.

Tina Jeffery, Uttoxeter in Bloom Co-ordinator stated “The wonderful awards reflect the effort and commitment of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Working Group, Town Councillors and many, many community volunteers. I would personally like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have participated and provided sponsorship and support throughout the past year; you have all done Uttoxeter proud.”

In addition to the above mentioned, Burton, Tutbury and Winshill all were awarded Gold awards within their categories which is a truly wonderful achievement for the ‘in Bloom Federation’ for the Borough.

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2016

Uttoxeter was awarded Gold within the Town category of the Heart of England in Bloom campaign 2016 together with Town category Winner.

Uttoxeter was selected to represent the Heart of England in Bloom within the Britain in Bloom campaign in 2017. In addition to the above mentioned wonderful achievements, the Clerk/Uttoxeter in Bloom Co-ordinator, Tina Jeffery was awarded a Heart of England in Bloom Special Merit Award.

The Judges’ comments were as follows:

Town Judges: Roger Tait and Donna Loasby – It was a pleasure to visit Uttoxeter again to meet all of the dedicated “bloomers” who make the town such a lovely place to be. The sun even came out for the judging tour which reflected the personalities of the people we met on the day, all of whom should be very proud of what they have achieved in Uttoxeter. From the established and beautiful library garden, to the thriving farm and vegetable plots at Thomas Alleyne High School, the Voyage project at Millfield Allotments and the new Go Garden project at the leisure centre, it is evident that the community are all working in harmony – well done to all!

Areas of Achievement:
* The hanging baskets and planters around the town and on pubs/business premises
* The library garden
* The Fair Trade bed
* The railway station garden
* Increasing the number of the Bamford Bridge planters
* New sustainable planting at Bramshall Park and the pots planted by local schools
* Millfield Allotments
* The “Tesco bed” of permanent planting
* St Mary’s School planting at Heath Community Centre
* The mural at the railway station depicting Uttoxeter’s heritage
* The sculptures by Andy Scott on the roundabouts
* Recycling bins around the town
* Community farm and vegetable plots (organic v inorganic) at Thomas Alleyne School
* Go Garden project on vacant land at leisure centre
* Refurbished toilets around the town
* Being peat free for 16 years
* Bee friendly planting and signs and the bee hive in the allotments
* Year round programme of community events
* All round community involvement and cohesion – it really was excellent joint working across all age groups
* The Voyage project at the allotments
* Grant funding and sponsorship, ESBC funding to develop the Go Garden project
* Community groups involved in It’s Your Neighbourhood and Greening Grey Britain
* Approval of the Neighbourhood Plan for Uttoxeter