2017 Front Garden & Beautiful Premises Challenges – big cash prizes!
We have decided this year that not only can you enter the Challenges yourself, but you can nominate the gardens and displays of your neighbours!
There are many unloved front gardens, so this year we are adding a new category to our Gardening Challenges with a cash prize of £100 for Most Improved Front Garden/Forecourt, with £50 for second prize. This will be awarded to the resident who we think has done the most to beautify their front area – it may be with plants, baskets, containers and/or window boxes – the choice is yours. Please contact us for advice and
suggestions if you need them.
There’s also a new category for frontages that are Greening the Grey for Wildlife. There’s a range of things you can do to boost biodiversity:
* Add pollinator-friendly flowers to a lawn
* Plant a small tree or hedge: they can support hundreds of species of insect, which in turn attract birds and other wildlife
* Put up bird boxes or feeders
* Pull up a paver or add containers and sow seeds to create a pollinator-friendly mini garden
* Add climbing plants to cover a wall
There are the usual categories for front gardens, balconies, window boxes and containers. Your entry must be able to be seen from the street or be open to the public. Every entry will be awarded a Certificate of Participation, presented at the WVRA AGM in October.
Your Bloom team thoroughly enjoys looking at the gardens and displays of all entrants and showing them to the judges. The ‘best’ garden and premises will be put forward into the London in Bloom 50 Favourite Front Gardens competition. All entries to be submitted using the form in the Village Magazine or in the tab above by Friday 23 June. Let’s all make the most of our front gardens, forecourts and windowsills and show your support for Walthamstow Village in Bloom by entering yourself or a neighbour in our 2017 Gardening Challenges.
2016 Front Garden & Beautiful Premises Challenge Winners:
We held our awards ceremony at the WVRA AGM on 17 October where, after the formal business, Helen and Teresa presented Certificates of Participation to entrants present.
In the Front Garden category:
Best Community Garden – Gerard Clegg and the Cherry Close residents
Best Front Garden – Becky Wynn-Griffiths & Sharon Persaud, Maynard Road
Best Balcony – Jane Burt, Hayward House
Best Containers – Andrew Blount & Rowey Perrett, Wingfield Road
Best Hanging Baskets – Benjamin Hills, Beulah Road
Neatest Hedge – Dickon Bowles, East Avenue
In the Beautiful Premises category:
Best Premises – Walthamstow Village Window Gallery
Best Hanging Baskets – Monoux Hall & Squires’ Almshouses
Best Tended Tree-Pit – Mick, East London Sausage Company
Congratulations and well done to all the 42 Challenge entrants and very many thanks to our Gardening Group and all our volunteers who work so hard to get and keep the Village looking good, to our hardworking and community-minded residents, schools, organisations and businesses and to everyone who attended clean ups, social and fund-raising events and generously supported and sponsored our entry.
The results of the Walthamstow Village Front Garden & Beautiful Premises Challenges will be announced and the certificates of participation presented after the main business of the WVRA AGM at 8 pm on Monday 17 October at the WF Community Hub (ex- Asian Centre) in Orford Road. Do come along to see how you did, admire our 2016 awards and celebrate our community’s success with wine and cheese.
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2016 Challenges that closed for entry on Friday 24 June. Your Bloom team enjoys visiting and taking photos of your window boxes, baskets, gardens, premises and forecourts to display at our Judging Day presentations and showing the judges your hard work. (London in Bloom on Friday 15 July from 2 pm & Britain in Bloom on Monday 8 August from 9.45 am).
The “best” garden and premises will be put forward into the London in Bloom Best Front Garden category.
Each entry will be awarded a Certificate of Participation that will be presented at the WVRA AGM on Monday 17 October at the WF Community Hub on Orford Road.