12 April 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News

own compost heaps we aim to improve soil structure and hence

moisture retention in

dry periods – and plants that have a long flowering period too. Plus we top up for extra colour with a limited amount of annual planting – and bulbs of course.

Halesworth in Bloom, Some Frequently Asked Questions Q. How do you publicise

your activities to encourage wider participation? A. We

organise Open

Gardens in the summer on alternate years – our next one will be in 2020 – and we have plants and an information point at the annual Halesworth

Q. What about encouraging younger would- be gardeners?

A. Our Children’s Garden Club meets every Thursday at 4pm from the beginning of April at Swan Lane allotments – see website,

www. Crocus in Town Park Q. WHEN did Halesworth

in Bloom begin gardening in the town? A. Back in 2012 the late

Dame Tamsyn Imison gathered together a group of volunteers with the aim of adding to the town’s existing legacy of bulb and flower planting or as our Constitution has it “enhance the visual appearance

green spaces and areas of commerce in

of public Halesworth

and the surrounding area for the benefit of local residents, businesses and visitors”. Among other projects,

started from scratch with the design and planting of the Memorial Garden in front of St Mary's Church and with the

three borders 'for winter

interest’, at the entrance to the Town Park.

when? A. We have

Q. Who does the work and a regular

working party on the last Friday of every month at the

we Q. How are you funded? A. Local businesses, support from the donations

Town Council, from private

Memorial Garden in front of St Mary’s Church, at 2.30pm – an ideal

time for (please would-be

volunteers to come and join us for an hour or so of sociable gardening

poster included in this spread). Further working parties

see our are

organized through the seasons as the need arises, and you will be able to find contact details of particular

project leaders/

working parties, either on our HiB notice board at the side of Durrants estate agents in the Thoroughfare, or alternatively on

our website, www.

Q. How do you decide what to plant? A. We aim to make our planting

as sustainable as

possible: perennial plants that perform well year after year, are ideally insect-friendly, drought- resistant – by maintaining our

individuals, and of course our own fund-raising, plus donations from members as well as donated plants and shrubs, oh and a sack or two of bulbs from Waveney Norse every year.

Triple Plea Roundabout

Q. How important is Community involvement to HiB? A.

Very! regularly watering the For example

we absolutely could not do without the help we receive from Thoroughfare businesses in

central planters – help which is of course invaluable in hot, dry summers like the last one. All the shops and businesses in town contribute also hugely to

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pedestrian area and the Old Market Place, with their own beautiful and very individual flower displays, throughout the year. About the town there are other planted areas maintained by supporters whose on-going commitment is so valuable and appreciated. The help-yourself Herb Garden opposite the Library is one such example, the planted wall recesses on London Road, the Hooker planters at Hooker House and many more.

Spring Garden Market in the Market Place - please come and see us there on April 27th this year! We have a monthly open meeting at the Volunteer Centre where all are very welcome (see www.halesworthinbloom. com or our Facebook page for details). If you see us about the town in our high viz jackets we are always pleased to down trowels and talk about what we do. Also the Library is a very supportive point of contact for what we do. Q. Can you tell us about the Best Front Garden Competition? A. Our annual Best Front Garden Competition is very popular – see the photo of 2018 award winners. 2018 winner Anne Crosland said ‘it was an enormous surprise and a thrill to win.' Past winners have become “Hibbers” (HiB volunteers), and we hope this trend will continue.

Q. What impact has Halesworth in Bloom had on the town? A. At this time of year the most obvious answer would perhaps be “daffodils”! Thousands of daffodil bulbs have been planted along the town’s grass verges since 2013, part of an on-going ten- year planting plan started by Tamsyn. In the town park, bulb

planting, the mixed

planting in the park entrance borders, three new benches, and the Hooker Trail, all add to public enjoyment of the space, and similarly the Memorial Garden offers another quiet green space in the very centre of town.

Gardening Club Q. Will you be competing

in Anglia in Bloom this year? A. In the period 2013-

2017 among other awards the town won Anglia in Bloom's Best Small Town and Gold Award, Best Drought-friendly Planting Award (Halesworth roundabouts). For 2019 the need to deploy our resources to

maintain and enhance existing projects means we will be taking a break from entering the regional competition. We are however delighted that the Chair of Anglia in Bloom has again agreed to judge the shop front floral displays for us, as in previous years.

Daffodil “Wave” (left) and Park Entrance (below)

Front Garden Award winners with Lesley Pyke

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