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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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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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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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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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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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2015 Scarecrow Competition

You can help with Cannington in Bloom’s South West in Bloom entry and have some fun at the same time! This year’s theme is a character from a children’s book or film (this doesn’t include TV series or nursery rhymes). Scarecrows should be displayed from Friday 10th July 2015 onwards. The In Bloom judges arrive on 16th July 2015 so it would be great to have them up all over the village by then. Each scarecrow will be photographed and the prizes awarded at the Cannington Flower Show on 22nd August 2015. We will publish a trail for people to follow so they can have a look at people’s creations. Long may these sunny summer evenings continue……

To enter is easy peasy! Just click here to fill in your details on-line…

Here’s a reminder of just a few of the cracking entries from last year……

 

Best of luck….