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Free Hanging Basket Workshop at Walled Gardens

Cannington in Bloom have developed a close relationship with Bridgwater College over the last few years.

For the second year running  a free hanging basket workshop is being offered at the Walled Gardens of Cannington.

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Wildflowers at the Walled Gardens

This is taking place on Thursday 26th May at 7PM.

The amazingly knowledgable John Addison will lead the session, explaining how to plant up and keep the display looking good in your hanging basket throughout the summer months.

John has worked in and taught horticulture for many years. There can’t be a horticulture student from the college who doesn’t know John and have fond memories of his quick paced and hugely informative plant identification walks around the campus. He teaches RHS courses, judges at various shows and has an encyclopaedic knowledge  of plants and gardens, so it is well worth coming along.

Bring along your own hanging baskets to plant up. Plants will be available to buy on the night for a small fee to cover costs.

All are welcome so don’t be shy!

 

 

 

 

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Weedy Wednesdays Are Back!!

The nights are drawing out and those of us that are solar powered feel a burst of energy. This can only mean one thing – the return of Weedy Wednesdays!

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We will be meeting every Wednesday over the coming months at 7pm in the front garden of Cannington House, which is at the bottom of Rodway Hill, opposite the war memorial. Everyone is most welcome to join us and there is usually our own version of post-match analysis in the Friendly Spirit after!!

So, please consider joining us as we prepare to take part in the South West in Bloom ‘Champion of  Champions’ category in 2016…

There are many ways you can get involved, it is not just for the green fingered, although those looking to further their skills in this arena should come along….

Click here to find out other ways you can help to make Cannington even more beautiful….

 


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Stock up on vitamin D

The weather is forecast to be mild and warm again on Saturday. So if you’re at a loose end, join the bloomers and catch some rays.

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Exposure to sunlight has been shown to lower blood pressure, enhance mood and promote a better night’s sleep.

If there are enough of us we will be replacing the polythene on the poly tunnel. Plan B is to carry out some weeding and tidying, the border at the front of the allotments is on the hit list.

As ever, we will meet in the garden of Cannington House at the bottom of Rodway at 10am…


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Anti-litter Campaign

Cannington in Bloom’s next Sustainable Saturday get together is on Saturday 5th March. We are supporting ‘Clean for the Queen‘, a UK wide anti-litter initiative.

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Clean for The Queen is asking everyone – individuals, groups, schools, companies, sports teams – whoever is keen to clean up their area to get involved in the year of The Queen’s 90th birthday. The aim is to attract one million people during a special clean-up weekend on 4, 5 and 6 March.

A recent survey conducted by Populus found that 90 per cent of respondents consider litter to be a massive issue, with 81 per cent saying that seeing litter makes them angry and frustrated. The Clean for The Queen event started off as a conversation between a handful of organisations, fed up with the continuing littering that affects the UK. Together, Country Life magazine, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the national charity Keep Britain Tidy, undertook to create the biggest clean up ever, with an ambition to get one million people engaged.

We will meet at 10am on Saturday 5th March in the front garden of Cannington House  – at the bottom of Rodway Hill, opposite the war memorial.

We will have litter pickers and bags available for you to use. All are welcome to join us.  Please let us know if you are going to come along by leaving a comment under this post or via Facebook.

At the time of writing people all over the country have got involved in the following ways:
BAGS COLLECTED 297
VOLUNTEERS REGISTERED 5750
EVENTS CREATED 1803

We know that many people and families in Cannington already carry out litter picks and we will add to their efforts. If you have any photos of your work then please post them to our Facebook page.  We can use these to show that the people of Cannington care about where they live and that we don’t want our streets, verges and hedges full of litter.

Brymore Academy are also supporting this event, with a group of staff and students heading out in the afternoon to litter pick around the Brymore end of the village. Well done to them and everyone getting out there, improving their local community.

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Out & About on Saturday

As part of our new and improved 2016 cunning plan, this Saturday will be our second bloomers session.

We will continue to meet at 10am every first and third Saturday of the month. The meeting place is the front garden of Cannington House, which is at the bottom of Rodway, opposite the war memorial.

This week we will be carrying out more poly tunnel preparations. You may remember the awesome power of storm Imogen which occurred a couple of days after we cleaned the polytunnel. Unfortunately the polytunnel now has a permenantly open sun-roof! We remain determined to create ourselves a useable growing space so we will be looking to finance/get funding for a new skin for the polytunnel. Thankfully we have the knowledge of skilled horticulturist, Fiona Stanley, who has experience in these matters. She will be guiding the group in tasks needed to prepare for when we need to stretch the new plastic over the frame.  This includes digging a trench, so ditch the gym and join the bloomers. If you fancy somethings more sedate there will be more gentle tasks too! All are welcome..


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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

We have been approached by a young person who is completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He has asked if he can join us for three months volunteering. We were very pleased that he chose Cannington in Bloom. In return we will write a report confirming his attendance and detailing what he has been doing.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website explains what it is all about:

“Many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing. A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications. Time to get involved and go the extra mile?”

Young people often get a bad press and it is great to be able to share this news and be part of a positive movement supporting the next generation to be the best they can be.

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Thanks to http://www.vango.co.uk for the infographic

 

This got us thinking, perhaps there are more young people in Cannington completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. For the bloomers, it is always a case of the more the merrier, so please get in touch if you would like to volunteer with us and help to have a positive impact on your local community.


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Get your Marigolds Out!

On this occasion we are talking about the glove variety rather than the botanical!

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We announced before Christmas that we had kindly been given the use of a polytunnel and that it needed some TLC.

Blooming hard work…

Are you about to tidy your shed?

 

We are grateful for donations of tables from the Parish Council and from a fellow bloomer, Elaine. We have purchased weed suppressant matting and tape to fix the holes. Now all that we need is elbow grease!

We are meeting on Saturday 6th February at 10am at the field on Gurney StreetYou will find a hole in the hedge next to the Old Popham’s farm house and the polytunnel is right there. It would be useful to bring buckets and soft brushes as well as your marigolds…

Many of the regular bloomers will be there and it is our hope that more people will join us. It is a chance to socialise, have fun and contribute positively to the local community. It is also a chance to quiz the group about what we get up to and why! All are welcome……

If there is enough of us we will split off and do some gardening too.

Many of you will be aware that during the lighter evenings we meet for ‘Weedy Wednesdays’. We are keen that as many Cannington people as possible have the chance to get involved so we will also be meeting every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month too.

This starts with ‘Marigold Saturday’. Hope to see you there….

 

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