Judges from the RHS Heart of England in Bloom came to Moseley on 17 July and, amazingly, the weather stayed dry. On the day before, in the pouring rain, a soggy little group did last-minute cleaning and tidying in Moseley village.
To our great relief, the site at the old Meteor garage was also cleaned up on that day. Tesco finally seemed to hear our pleas. The judges were taken round some of the beauty spots of Moseley, including the Park and Pool, St Mary’s Churchyard, St Columbas church, Woodbridge Road and the work of Laburnum Grove Residents’ Action Group and, of course, Moseley Car Park, a true, new beauty spot.
They also met two of the students from Queensbridge School who have designed posters for our forthcoming anti-litter campaign. At the end of the route, many of the people who support and work with Moseley in Bloom to make it a success met on the Green – Birmingham City Council Parks and Nurseries staff, the street cleaning team, our Councillors and representatives of the businesses in Moseley. We will know the outcomes of the judges’ deliberations when we attend the Heart of England in Bloom Awards Ceremony in September.
However, the judging is not just a one-day wonder. It is more than hanging baskets and floral displays around the shops. Judges are given a portfolio of Moseley in Bloom’s activities throughout the year. These include running a stall at the Farmers’ Market, working with children, working with local residents, running the Open Gardens weekend and generally being involved in Moseley life.
Now that the RHS judges have gone, the Moseley in Bloom group will be judging businesses and organisations that smarten up their premises with floral displays. We also secretly go round looking at residential front gardens, making nominations for the award of Most Flourishing.
We need more resources for Moseley in Bloom, both financial and people power. You don’t have to be a gardener. We need a whole range of skills including IT, web-design and general organisational abilities.
Please contact us, via our website if you think you can help. You could also become a Friend of Moseley in Bloom. By paying £20 for the year, you will have free entry to the Open Gardens (29/30 June 2013) have discount on purchases at Earlswood Nurseries and you will be supporting our efforts to make Moseley cleaner and greener. for more details contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.