Welcome to the Friends of Norwich in Bloom  Blog spot

Held on 9th November 2017
At Grove. Theatre, Dunstable
Grove Park, Court Road. Dunstable LU5 4GP
Event began at 10.30am.

1) Alison Finlay - from RHS speaking about Its Your Neighbourhood campaign and also some funding that may be available.
2) David White - speaking about quick and easy vertical planting
3) Beales Roses - roses for all areas
4) Paul Corfield - 'meanderings of a retired seed merchant

Norwich City Entry & B.I.D. Judges Report 2017

Areas of Achievement
•Norwich city college student’s scheme, propagation, care of plants supplying to the community, educational input into planting and design schemes within the whole city.
•Assembly House – attractive array of troughs / containers water feature and specialised varieties of plants important to the area.
•City memorial gardens and City hall areas , attractive and practical planting to the area with outstanding support from volunteers
•St Stephens Church – good examples of sustainable and perennial & drought planting in keeping with the area, wildlife /habitat boxes & wildflower / native areas.
•Living wall – establishment and progression of feature
•Outstanding work with the Friends group incorporating heritage, horticulture, environmental & nature issues, recycling, fundraising and the promotion of local volunteering. Sterling work.
•Success of the city’s re-cycling scheme (household & commercial) and progression of installing new recycling bins and informing / educating a;; residents by a vast range communication techniques /materials
•All saints area – well designed enhancing the whole area
•Success with local schools projects and involvement , positive contribution and inclusion of youth groups & community as whole
•Castle gardens appropriate planting, public art, play facilities attractive area for all.
•Golden Balls street – good floral displays, new attractive urban design with planting and furniture, inclusion of history / heritage.
•Good examples public art (murals) throughout tour – positive impact to area.
•Established, effective, friendly, knowledgeable tour guides.
•B.I.D App + positive and effective work of the BID group on all aspects – well done all
•Inclusion and involvement of local businesses including very successful sponsorship and partnership working ie. M&N Landscaping , Notcutts Hatch Brenner
•INTU Chapelfield – Solar Roof Panels and energy / environmental; schemes.
•Danbry Woods – volunteers group environmental projects and improvement to the area as a whole. Thriving .
•First class examples and entries of Hotels , restaurants & pubs (Adam & Eve a credit to the city)
•Norwich train station improvements and pride of place shines through from volunteers work
•Success for the city In Bloom International Challenge
•Eaton Park – full range of facilities to the public , schemes for proactive inclusion to all , impressive hard/soft landscaping and water features
•Cathedral John The Baptist Gardens a pure delight – kitchen garden , herbs , café , proactive work in re-landscaping and the continuation of enhancing all areas . recycling of resources including natural water use , active volunteers

Areas For Development
•Replacement of trees and failed plants Golden balls Area
•Clearing of kerb lines/paths / street detritus small item litter & cigarette butts (historical)
•Clearance of street/path weeds & pre- chemically treated weeds
•Historical accumulations detritus and cigarette butts throughout route including car parks
•Significant amount of graffiti & Tags throughout the whole route including on public art /sculptures and heritage buildings
•Calendar of projects & events
•Enhanced time allowance on route to fully view and grasp business areas ie. Castle Mall and Chapelfields  and market traders

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