Cannington In Bloom

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Another Revamp

As you know the bloomers of Cannington are on a mission. A few of the gang have gathered over the last couple of weeks to transform the grassed area on the corner of East Street and Portland Close.

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Start of the mission….

The good folks that live on East Street have added wildflowers and other bits and bobs over the years, but it was agreed that the time was right for an overhaul…

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Nearly there…

So the bloomers set to it with mattock, spade, fork and determination. The grass was cleared and  the soil was turned and raked. The team at Sedgemoor came to pick up the green waste and before we knew it we were ready to plant.

Local residents and Brymore Academy donated plants and seeds. Kind onlookers brought the team out refreshments, which were gratefully received. The people of Cannington are a good bunch and are wonderful at pulling together… The people of East Street will be keeping an eye on this border, nurturing it and supporting it to thrive and grow.

So,  in went the pre grown wildflower plugs and the donated lavender and cosmos plants. Exuberant, bold drifts of seeds were sown including poppies and marigolds. As we worked we imagined with glee the cheery riot of colour that would greet us in the weeks to come..

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Steve is pleased as punch!

A splash of water to settle everything in and to encourage germination resulted in mission complete.

The final watering took place in the Friendly Spirit! Well done team!

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Working in Partnership with Cannington C of E Primary School

We were delighted to hear the the school is going to take on the planting and maintenance of the school path border this year. The school will be running a gardening club and it is fantastic to hear that so many of their students want to get involved. They will receive support from the team at Bridgwater College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington, as well as the expertise of the other bastion of horticulture in Cannington, Brymore Academy. The community working together to improve the wellbeing of its inhabitants and the wildlife.

 

To support getting this project up and running, we are meeting up at the school path border to complete some more tidying and clearance as part of our Sustainable Saturdays group. As ever, please feel free to join us. See you there at 10am this Saturday 16th April ….

We very much look forward to seeing how things develop over the coming months….

You may have spotted some bloomers out and about last night too as Weedy Wednesdays began. This regular meet up will continue right through until the autumn. We were out watering the various planters and barrier baskets around the village and having a bit of tidy up and weed of the border on the corner of Clifford Park. It’s all go!!

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Gotcha!

 


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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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A Good Little Work Out!

One of the many benefits of being a bloomer is being able to ditch the gym and get an endorphin release in the fresh air.

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Mission accomplished!

A team of seven gathered to finish digging the trench around the polytunnel so that we can put new polythene onto the metal framework. The Tomaneys were the first to arrive and one by one the rest of the crew arrived, much to Jane and Dave’s relief!

Everyone got stuck in and the one foot deep trench was dug in no time. Thanks to Dave & Steve for removing a holly tree stump, slap bang where our trench needed to be. Our base camp and growing space is nearly complete!

We have one job left to do, so if you are available on Saturday 2nd April, please join us to help stretch the new cover and secure it. Many hands make light work! There is a handy ‘how to’ video below if you want to gen up first!

 


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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..