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Get your shovels out!

As is our wont, the bloomers will be out for Weedy Wednesday again this week.

Please join us in a fabulous midweek work-out as we spread wood chip on the bed on the corner of Clifford Park and the High Street. This is a continuation of a job we started a couple of weeks ago on a Weedy Wednesday….

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Thank you to the team at Clean Surroundings, Waste & Recycling at Sedgemoor District Council for dropping off the chip and to Jane Tomaney for putting in the request.

 

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Many hands make light work…

 

By doing this we will be helping to keep the weeds down in this bed, as well as providing a decorative finish to the border.

By doing this now, we are saving ourselves work in the long run, reducing the use of weed killer, as well as preventing the occurrence of bingo wings. So it’s a win, win, win situation!

If you fancy joining us, see you there at 7pm. Please bring shovels, rakes, wheel barrows and brushes.

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Sponsor a barrel…

As part of our campaign to green up the streets of Cannington, we are asking businesses of any size, as well as local residents, whether they would like to sponsor a barrel. Thank you to Graham Bell and Joan Salmon for being the first ones to jump on board!

Here are some examples of what can be achieved, to whet your appetite….

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Herbalicious!

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Low maintenance, high impact implanting!

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Stunning!

 

There are many businesses, both large and small in Cannington and we are keen to get everyone involved. Sponsoring a barrel  is a really great way of making Cannington even more beautiful and letting people know about your business.

 

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Open for business…

Please get in touch to find out more…..


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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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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.