Oswestry in Bloom

Oswestry in Bloom is a Committee comprising of a limited number of individuals who work tirelessly to improve the visual appearance and quality of life of the locals and visitors to Oswestry.

Message from the Chairman, Betty Gull - September 2020

Dear In Bloomers

Well, allowing for this very odd year we have all had to live though, in Bloom in Oswestry has managed to do a little to lift the spirits of our fellow residents during the summer.

My thanks must first go to everyone who helped with the Church Street wall display. At a time when so few people were about, I was amazed at the number who called to us to say how lovely it was to see the flowers and thanks for what we were doing. Flowers of course cannot just be put in containers and left, the 'lads' of the Town Council do a wonderful job keeping not only their displays watered but ours as well. A great big thank you to them for everything they do and of course our members who deadhead to keep the plants blooming.

Another very big thanks to all of you who produced the lists for the first round of our beautiful garden competition, as no one could put their own garden forward, everyone who was nominated will receive a certificate, I do hope you approve of the design - one for each stage!!

While I did the shortlist and because Miss Thrower couldn't be with us in person this year two other people kindly drove round with me to choose the final eleven. We did best large, medium and small in the annual, perennial and shrub garden categories. We also had a best bijou and Miss Throwers Award for best hanging baskets. Miss Thrower said:

"I have missed coming and seeing in person all the beautiful and imaginative gardens in Oswestry and am delighted that the Oswestry in Bloom team have run The Front Garden Competition to keep the enthusiasm going and award the pride and hard work of all the home owners."

Except for some planters the only other work we could do was in Central Car Park which also gained a lot of thanks, while the poppies in particular had a lot of fans. Seasons however move on, the shrub boxes have had their late summer haircut and all the other shrub areas in the Car Park await their turn, when the weather permits, before our last job of autumn, winter planting.

I hope you are all keeping safe and not too fed up with not doing all those things we used to take for granted, hopefully we will be back to working normally next year.

Best regards

Betty Gull

Heart of England in Bloom

Oswestry In Bloom has secured its 15th Gold Award in the regional Heart of England in Bloom Competition.

Pictured below are Oswestry in Bloom Members G. Tipton, T. Mason, R. Bache (Judge), B. Gull and S. Mason.

The judges commented as follows:

The Town Clerk gave an excellent presentation of the works that have taken place in the past year, despite only being in post for two days!!! Cae Glas Park, People's Park or Jewel in the Crown however you refer to it is simply the best example of how a public open space should be used. A dedicated team of skilled gardeners are working to the highest level, an amazing number of free events are held, the latest a hot air balloon festival. Street furniture maintenance still is an ongoing project. There is some excellent work being done with the local schools introducing them into bloom.

Top Gold 'In Your Neighbourhood' Awards were also given to;

Cae Glas Park

The Cambrian Railway Orchard Project

The Walled Garden at the Derwen

Oswestry in Bloom 2019

The Oswestry In Bloom Awards were again very successful with Margaret Thrower receiving the Chairman's Special Award for continued excellence after the voluntary hard work and dedication that she has given in judging Oswestry in Bloom for many years.

Prize winners for 2019;

BEST DRESSED WINDOW

Meraki Colour

BEST INDUSTRIAL PREMISES

Pentons

BEST PUBLIC HOUSE/HOTEL

Oak Inn

BEST COMMERCIAL - IN THE TOWN CENTRE

Queen Anne Passageway - D & G Properties, Bubbles and Kontong Toksen

BEST COMMERCIAL - OUTSIDE THE TOWN CENTRE

Park Issa Vets

BEST KEPT SCHOOL

Our Lady and St. Oswald's Catholic Primary School

OUTSTANDING WORK BY YOUNG PEOPLE

Our Lady and St. Oswald's Catholic Primary School

BEST COMMUNITY Project / Premises

Regents Court

BEST BEDDED OUT FRONT GARDEN

42 High Fawr Avenue - Mrs Dorothy Jones

BEST ALL YEAR COLOUR FRONT GARDEN

35 Whitefriars - B. Barnfield

BEST EVERGREEN FRONT GARDEN

31 Llys Road - Mrs S Owen

BEST REAR GARDEN

27 Croxon Rise - Mr and Mrs Bainbridge

BIJOU FRONT GARDEN - SMALL

9 Stewart Road - Doreen Arnold

BIJOU FRONT GARDEN - LARGE

9 Bungalow, Upper Ash Road - Mrs S. Cassar

PATIO

9 Stewart Road - Doreen Arnold

BEST BALCONY

21 Regent Court - Miss Delia Garrod

BEST HAY BASKET

9 Stewart Road - Doreen Arnold

BEST HANGING BASKET

38 Smale Rise - Thomas Barnfield and Rose Warne

If you would like to help the In Bloom Committee, then please contact Louise Humphreys on 01691 680222. All offers of help are greatly appreciated and if you have specialist skill, then you may be invited to join the Bloom Committee.

Contact Oswestry in Bloom

If you wish to get in touch regarding any aspect of Oswestry in Bloom then please contact Louise Humphreys via email at l.humphreys(at)oswestry-tc.gov.uk or via the details below:

Oswestry Town Council,
The Guildhall,
Oswestry,
Shropshire
SY11 1PZ

Tel: 01691 680222

E-mail: enquiries(at)oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Twitter: @OswestryTC
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