Ryde In Bloom
Sponsored By Crossprint
Ryde in Bloom is facilitated by the Town Council and delivered by a working party that includes councilors, a gardens expert and the chair of the local business association. The whole community is encouraged to enter, whether it be for Allotment of the Year of for a window box and the judges are keen to encourage environmentally friendly and sustainable planting. A copy of the judging criteria is attached. This year’s In Bloom theme is Dig for Victory and an outline of the project is attached. 41 entries were received ranging from a an 8 year old who has designed a miniature garden in a wheelbarrow to Quarr Abbey Gardens and Farm, an oasis of calm and tranquility on the site of a monastery.
The competition was advertised and featured in the local press and the launch event was also featured in local media. A copy of these features and the competition application form is included in the portfolio. A local printing company, Cross Print Media sponsors the competition and community groups and voluntary organisations are invited to bid for a Green Grant, – this is small amount of funding to encourage these groups to take part in In Bloom. A copy of the grant letter sent to applicants is included further on in the portfolio. Local schools have their own competition with the majority of primary schools taking part; more information about this is included in the Dig For Victory section of the portfolio. The In Bloom Working Party hopes to work with the town’s primary schools during the winter period on a project to design an in bloom flag for use on the town’s flagpole. There is an area of the Town Council’s website dedicated to Ryde in Bloom.
The Business Association works closely with the In Bloom Working Party to promote the competition via social media (Twitter and Facebook) and will be podcasting about the winning entries after the local judging has taken place. In Bloom also works with a local business networking group called Wightbuzz The Working Party also works with individual businesses to provide hanging baskets, project support and to seek support for other in bloom projects – an example of this is the used coffee grounds supplied by Costa to allotment holders and to the Aspire Community Garden and the hanging baskets supplied to the Pavilion Bar on Ryde Esplanade.