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This page is dedicated to all Cumbria Communities who wish to showcase their floral and or environmental achievements throughout the year.


If your 'In Bloom' group, organisation, school or It's your Neighbourhood group have a project that they would like to share, then please send the details, preferably with photographs and details of participants to Adrian Faulkner, Publicity Officer.


Holker Garden Festival


Cumbria in Bloom stand at Holker Garden Festival awarded a Gold in the Society Display Award for photos, floral displays, leaflets and information.

Cumbria in Bloom showcased its achievements along with those from Dalston, Kendal and Silloth-on-Solway who are representing Cumbria in this year's Britain in Bloom campaign together with promoting its own aims and objectives. 

The stand was very well received by the public, Lord and Lady Cavendish and the RHS judges.  Each of the 4 sections of the stand was set up by the group concerned with the planting supplied by Newton Rigg College and Alan Heath, chair of Cumbria in Bloom.

The stand was manned by members of the Cumbria in Bloom Management Committee, members from the 'In Bloom' groups of Dalston and Silloth-on-Solway.  In the 2015 Cumbria in Bloom campaign Dalston won the Cumbria County Council Trophy (Carlisle Local Committee) and the Lake District National Park Trophy with a 'Gold.'  Silloth-on-Solway achieved 'Silver-Gilt' on the Coastal Town category and Kendal a 'Silver-Gilt' and the Nuclear Management Partners Trophy.





The "Setting Up" team!


Planters provided by Newton Rigg and Alan Heath (Chairman Cumbria in Bloom)


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Part of Cumbria in Bloom's stand

Cumbria in Bloom showcased its achievements along with those from Dalton in Furness and Kirkoswald at the 2015 Holker Garden Festival.

The stand was very well received by the public, Lord and Lady Cavendish and the RHS judges.  Each section of the stand was set up by the group concerned with the planting supplied by Newton Rigg College and Alan Heath, acting chair of Cumbria in Bloom.

The stand was manned by members of the Cumbria in Bloom Management Committee, members from the 'In Bloom' groups of Dalton-in-Furness and Kirkoswald, both of whom are this year's representatives in the RHS Britain in Bloom.  Both communities are looking to improve on 2014's awards.  Dalton-in-Furness achieving a 'Silver' and Kirkoswald a 'Silver Gilt.'


Mayor and Town Clerk of Dalton-in-Furness


Lord and Lady Cavendish and daughter Lucy



Silloth Green

Nestling on the shores of the Solway Firth, facing the hills of Dumfries & Galloway and backed by the Lake District Fells, Silloth, the popular seaside resort in Cumbria's Western Lakes and Coast, is noted for its invigorating but mild climate: its leisurely peaceful atmosphere and perhaps, most of all, its glorious sea views and sunsets fine enough to be recorded for posterity by Turner, the famous landscape artist.

Work has begun on Silloth Green’s Community Garden. The community participated last year in the design of the garden and Moota’s  Landscape Garden Designers drew up the plans based on ideas from the community. 

Everyone in Silloth, young and old, able-bodied and disabled,  is invited to come along and adopt a bed or flower, and plant the garden with help and advice from Moota regarding ongoing care. Solway woodcarvers are in process of carving a green oak story telling chair, and Tim Barker, Silloth’s resident thespian, will sit on it to tell stories to youngsters on the morning of opening day. There will also be a Gruffalo Treasure Hunt in the garden. So, bring the youngsters along to enjoy the garden, dressed in their favourite story book character if possible  The garden is due to open officially at 10.00am on the morning of Sunday 25th May, Silloth Green Day, and Friends of the Green are hoping to make it an occasion to remember.

Useful website addresses:

The Green Community Garden - Photos

The Green Community Garden - Design

The Green Community Garden - Revised Plan


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Shop Display in Workington

Alan Heath and Toni Magean were busy setting up the Cumbria In Bloom shop display on Finkle Street in Workington.  The location is directly opposite the venue that HRH Prince Charles was visiting. It is hoped that the window display will be seen by HRH and those crowds who will be in attendance. 

The display was in the shop until 26th April 2014 when Alan and Toni, with the support of others put on a CIB display and garden workshop under the Hub in Workington’s main shopping centre again promoting CIB (and the great work of Workington in Bloom) 

For those who are not aware, Workington is a great place to visit and has a fantastic town centre with all the high street names (a great shopping centre), if you do find time to come over and visit,  do take time to look at the CIB shop display.

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Chelsea Flower Show Garden

Peter Rabbit takes a piece of the Lake District to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Peter Rabbit in garden (credit Steve Barber Photography)The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere, has joined forces with a top garden designer to create a show-stopping Peter Rabbit™ Herb Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. Richard Lucas, the acclaimed designer of the World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction’s much-loved Peter Rabbit™ Garden, and already a Chelsea gold medallist is working with the Attraction and plant nursery Hooks Green Herbs to create a magical show garden for the Grand Pavilion. The garden will bring to life the drawings and illustrations from Beatrix Potter’s famous little books and highlight key iconic images from the Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The garden will feature culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables, wild flowers and some cottage garden favourites too, along with Mr McGregor’s greenhouse and theatrical walls that replicate the Lake District slate and brick walls from the original illustrations.

The garden has three distinct areas;

The Natural garden, with a “Long Scarlet” radish patch, long grass and some wild flowers. Slate is the backdrop to this part of the garden, with a slate flagstone pathway leading through to the next area.

The Greenhouse garden, featuring an old greenhouse, full of plants, pots and tools, with Peter Rabbit hiding in a watering can. An areaPeter Rabbit's jacket on scarecrow of herbs will be planted in a herbaceous border in a cottage garden style. Red brick is used in this area of garden.

Finally, Mr. McGregor’s vegetable plot is surrounded by a clipped box hedge and has an abundance of vegetables and herbs. Just like in the classic books, Peter Rabbit’s blue jacket creates a scarecrow, whilst the gooseberry bushes that he got caught up in are not far away.

Richard Lucas said: “This garden is designed to be viewed from all four sides; I have incorporated structure and focal points plus some tiny details that people will have to look carefully for, such as snails hiding in crevices! My design carefully replicates some of Beatrix Potter’s illustrations, it will be packed full of cottage style flowers, herbs and vegetables. My wish is to make people smile when they see it.”

Andy Poole, Chief Executive from World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction said: “The garden illustrations for Beatrix Potter’s stories are a key factor in their success, and bring to life the magical environment inhabited by her characters. We have wanted to display a garden at Chelsea for some time and this year all the pieces have come together to enable it to happen. We are very excited at the prospect of showcasing our Attraction at Chelsea and hope it inspires all those that get to see it to come and visit us in the Lake District.”

Hooks Green Herbs, a nursery in Staffordshire who have supplied the Peter Rabbit™ Garden for many years are sourcing and growing all the plants.
Malcolm Dickson from Hooks Green said: “We are busy growing all the herbs, vegetables, wild flowers and other plants needed for the display. There are, of course, some specials like the red flowering “Lipstick” strawberry and Peter’s favourite “Long Scarlet” radish, which looks like a carrot. We will even have the famous blue door and the espalier trees growing against the classic Cumbrian walls. People of all ages love these books and remember the drawings and illustrations. Our garden will bring all those images to life.”

• Richard Lucas has a wealth of experience designing and managing gardens in the Lake District, his greatest achievement was to co-design 'The Cumbrian Fellside Garden' for the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show which was awarded The Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal, Best Courtyard garden award, and also the BBC Peoples Award.

Report supplied by:  Sarah Melhuish. 

Email: sarah@hop-skip-jump.com 





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