Elmton is a small village steeped in history. There is evidence of human occupation here since prehistoric times. Elmton, is one of only seventy six finalists in this year's prestigious RHS Britain-in-Bloom - a nationwide campaign intended to encourage and celebrate the positive impact of gardening in the communities. Elmton residents are delighted to have been selected for this event and are obviously keen to show the village at its very best. We have areas in the village, the community orchard, the schoolroom garden and the triangle of land opposite our 18th Century Church, which are less than beautiful and need some transformation and an ongoing maintenance plan. We will need lots of new shrubs and plants, new signs within the village to celebrate our participation in Britain in Bloom and lots of volunteer hours to make it happen. We know this will improve the overall look and feel of the village and hopefully attract many visitors - human, wildlife and pollinating insects.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Elmton has only 64 registered voters but manages to involve lots of other people in the life of the village. Our archaeology group and well dressing activities attract volunteers from across the region and involve several local schools - all of whom are keen to get involved in this transformation. So we have no shortage of willing volunteers but need to give them the tools (and plants) they need to transform some of the dull areas of the village. This project will give us an enormous boost in our bid to present the best possible aspects of the village to the country in the Britain in Bloom judging in August and provide a long lasting benefit to the whole community.
Steps to get it done:
Our Tiny schoolroom is the home to many activities - the Community association, Archaeology Group, Craft Group, Carol singers and Well Dressings. Every year during Well Dressing weekend it is a hive of activity providing 3 - 400 cream teas to our hungry visitors. The garden is an essential extension to the sitting space available and needs some assistance to make it more appealing.
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