Cannington In Bloom

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A good time was had by all…

A big thanks to John Addison, lecturer at Bridgwater College  and RHS judge,  who shared his knowledge and skills with the people of Cannington demonstrating how to create the perfect hanging basket.

You may well spot some of these designs around the streets of Cannington.

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The setting was the stunning botanical glasshouse at the Walled Gardens of Cannington. It was a beautiful summers evening.

We learnt about suitable compost, fertiliser and watering regimes, as well as other tips on how to keep the display going all summer.

In keeping with our national obsession of discussing the weather (a condition acutely affecting keen gardeners) there are reports coming in that we are in for a hot summer.  So don’t forget to keep your baskets and planters well juiced!

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Don’t skimp on watering!

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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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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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Well done Seed of Hope!

Our friends at Seed of Hope have been fortunate in being offered funding by Tesco as part of their Bags of Help initiative.

They have at least £8,000 to spend in the Community Orchard as part of their Spring Orchard Project which CIB wholly supports.

From the 27th February we will be able to vote for the project in Tesco stores, as one of three regional projects. If Seed of  Hope comes first they will recieve £12,000, second £10,000. So please vote for them and our community orchard will benefit.