A success from
Crewkerne was a Gold Award and Cup winning town in 2019, the first year we entered South West in Bloom.
SWTA Cup for Best in Class
Vic Verrier Trophy for Best Newcomer
Sutton Seeds Cup for Best Nature Reserve
Outstanding in It's Your Neighbourhood Awards Ashlands C of E School
Outstanding in It's Your Neighbourhood Awards Severalls War Memorial Garden
The beginning of 2020 saw us eager to start work again, but enthusiasm was curbed by lockdowns and restrictions.
Nevertheless, working within these limitations, we kept the town looking loved, if in a more modest way. We made progress in sustainably planting an area at St Bartholomew’s Churchyard where we also positioned painted blue wilding hearts.
We entered a scarecrow in the Crewkerne District Rotary Club’s fun festival, planted 250 pots of hyacinths for fundraising, participated in the annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church and created our own limited edition Christmas card.
We and our It’s Your Neighbourhood groups were very happy to finish the year with a welcome clutch of RHS awards and other successes.
Swathes of daffodils and purple crocuses herald Spring 2021 in Crewkerne and our focus this year is on trees and sustainable planting.
An idea is planted
Our aims are to encourage
A sense of community and pride in Crewkerne
Enhance its attraction and environmental friendliness
Bring more visitors to the town
Crewkerne in Bloom began in October 2017 as an initiative of The Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne who wanted to give something to their community.
Rapid growth and activity
Before long the group became ‘stand-alone’, forming its own small committee in January 2018.
In March 2018 we were awarded a SSDC Market Towns Initiative Grant through the Town Council, enabling us to buy hanging baskets, troughs and plants.
Ten hanging baskets were planted and supplied to businesses in the town. Four had reservoirs which we kept topped up.
The Men’s Shed joined in, making wooden planters which we filled and maintained.
The overgrown flower bed at the entrance to West Street car park needed attention so we tidied it and planted Summer bedding amongst self-seeded poppies and the pretty daisy-like Calendula.
Watering was simplified by the generous donation of a 100 litre watering trolley in memory of the founders of Wydale Plastics Ltd. Operated by volunteers twice weekly, it helped to keep everything looking healthy throughout the very dry Summer of 2018.
We entered South
West in Bloom
In 2019, encouraged by so many positive comments, we entered South West in Bloom.
Spring flowering bulbs excelled in planters and green spaces.
The principal areas worked on were the flower beds at Church Street, West Street, South Street and Rose Lane.
We planted and supplied over 60 hanging baskets to businesses and filled planters around the town centre and shopping precincts, all of which we maintained.
A business window competition and residents’ garden competitions were judged in July.
Herbaceous perennials were everywhere, adorning not only flowerbeds but recycled bicycles, barrows and bins.