Moseley in Bloom Nominated for 2008 Nationals!
In September Moseley in Bloom received a bundle of awards at the Heart of England in Bloom award ceremony in Cheltenham. Moseley was named Urban Communities Category Winner, gaining a Silver Gilt Award for the second year running and scoring higher marks than any of the other 9 contenders.
In addition to this we were also nominated to represent the Region in the National Campaign the next year. There are 55 entries in 11 categories in the competition and Heart of England in Bloom is entitled to nominate just four entries. It was therefore a great honour to be chosen as one of those four. The other category winners to go forward are Solihull (City), Bridgnorth (Town) and Upton on Severn (Village) . As our Chair, Natalie Higgins said “this is quite an accolade and really something to be proud of. We are rather stunned but naturally very pleased.”
Silver-Gilt is awarded to “an entrant scoring between 75 – 84% who has met the judging criteria and objectives with a very high standard throughout, and has in one or more areas been exceptionally thorough.”
Despite the awful weather this summer the Village looked and felt fantastic when the Judges visited. They came on Wednesday July 11th with their dark suits and serious faces and walked the judging route from the end of Woodbridge Road, through the Village and Park. On the way they were introduced to some of the people who have helped us make Moseley in Bloom so successful again this year, and made notes on their marking sheets about all our endeavours. They visited the Police Station, Sage, the Green, St Mary’s, the Loo Bed, the Boots Oak Tree Bed, the Roundabout, Victoria Parade, Moseley Park and Pool, St John and St Monica School, Chantry Road, St Columba, Moseley Emporium and finally ended for lunch at the Fighting Cocks. Two-and-a-half hours is what we are allowed in the Urban Communities Category and that’s what they got – to the minute!
Our marking sheet records that they were particularly impressed by:-
The colourful planters around the Village Green
The re-use of planters at the Police Station
The street tree planting programme
The permanent planting in Laburnum Grove and Woodbridge Road
The new planting at St Columba
Sage Community Garden
The absence of litter in general
The New Loo bed
The Eco Schools project and the Forest Schools Programme
The Open Gardens Weekend.
We will be re-doubling our efforts for next year because in 2008 Moseley will be judged twice, regionally in July but then nationally and with greater rigour in August.
We would welcome more volunteers to come and help – it can be fun! It is certainly very rewarding to see Moseley looking better and better and to receive so many compliments from our fellow Moseleyites. We would like to thank our committee and our volunteers for all their hard work and our local councillors, council officers, sponsors, businesses and residents for an amazing amount of support”