Gainsborough in Bloom News The latest news from Gainsborough in Bloom Award Success for Gainsborough in Bloom The team behind Gainsborough in Bloom are celebrating their success after coming away with a clutch of awards at this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition. Gainsborough in Bloom received a silver gilt award for the second year running in the large town category and increased its score. Marshall’s Yard also received a Gold award in the Best Retail and Commercial premises category. A special judges award was also made to Colin Stubley for his enthusiastic gardening maintenance and colourful planted boxes at the John Coupland Hospital. The judges also praised the increased support from businesses, local organisations and voluntary groups. The judges said: “On the day the judges met a number of enthusiastic volunteers, business representatives and other organisations at various points along the route and it was as a result of their combined efforts that the town was looking so good.”The Yard also won praise from the judges for its 56 colourful hanging baskets and water troughs which were described as a wonderful feature to the shopping centre.

The secretary of Gainsborough in Bloom, Vaughan Hughes, who attended the East Midlands in Bloom Awards last week, said: “We are delighted with the results for Gainsborough, it’s a real testament to the hard work of everyone on the Gainsborough in Bloom team who give up their time to make the town look so colourful and well cared for.“The scheme relies on these volunteers and we are always keen to see new people, groups and businesses getting involved, we’d like to think that next year we could aim for the Gold Award for the town.”

Special judges award presented to Colin Stubley A special judges award was also made to Colin Stubley for his enthusiastic gardening maintenance and colourful planted boxes at the John Coupland Hospital.

Winners Announced for the Love your Garden & Pub Competitions The Gainsborough in Bloom team awarded two prizes last week [31st October] for their love your pub and garden competitions held for the first time this year.

Mary Cook from Stanley Street won the best garden competition for her patio garden entry and the Sven Forkbeard Whetherspoons pub in Gainsborough was awarded best pub.

The two categories were judged by gardening experts from the Sunrise Plant Company based just off the Beckingham roundabout near Gainsborough, who also generously provided the £50 vouchers as prizes.

Mary Cook used her allotment to swap things over to and from her patio garden and impressed the judge with how much colour she had managed to pack into such a small but perfectly formed patio garden situated at the front of her home on Stanley Street.

The judges were particularly impressed with the choice of planting that supported the local insect life in particular the honey bee, which was one of the focuses this year for the in bloom team.

The pub won the love your pub competition as it really did show signs of being loved by the staff at the Whetherspoons branch. Beautiful arrangements were in place which were perfectly maintained with good quality tubs.

The judge was particularly impressed with what had been done with the raised beds and within the beer garden to block out the road. Baskets were attractive and really well maintained.

Attention to detail had been demonstrated and the garden furniture was new and well maintained, the areas were litter free and the pavements in front of the premises were even pressure washed – a true example to the rest of the business community of how an outside of a premises can look so attractive and welcoming.

Chair of Gainsborough in Bloom and also Centre Manager of Marshall’s Yard, Alison Shipperbottom, said: “The awards were well deserved, both very different categories but evidently similar amounts of effort made to make our town and community look beautiful.

“Gainsborough in bloom isn’t just about public spaces and keeping them well planted and looking tidy it’s about the whole environment and providing a welcoming feel for our visitors and residents.

“Home owners and business people play a key role in helping us achieve that, which is why the Love your Garden/pub competitions were started up.

“Well done to both winners for being shining examples and helping to improve the look of our town.
“We hope that the competitions now gain momentum and we see even more entries for next year.”

Gainsborough in Bloom was awarded silver gilt this year in the East Midlands in Bloom competition with Marshall’s Yard scooping gold for the third year running. The town is now receiving consistent regional recognition for its efforts by Horticulturist experts in this prestigious competition.

If you’d like to get involved and volunteer next year by adopting a patch to look after please get in touch with Alison Shipperbottom at Marshall’s Yard on 01427 810706.

Marshall's Yard beds getting a makeover Den has been working hard in Marshall’s Yard to re design the bed next to Costa Coffee.

We are in full swing now – working towards the judging in July.

If you can help, we have weekly volunteer events starting at Whitton’s Gardens at 5.30pm on Wednesday evenings – let us know if you would like to join us!

Weekly Wednesday Weeding Last night was the first In Bloom public event of the season.

Every Wednesday, we meet volunteers at 5.45pm at Whitton’s Gardens to work on key areas of the town.

Last night (13th May) we had a great turnout including our friends from Browns Department Store at Marshall’s Yard who help every year.

This year, they’ve also very kindly provided a financial contribution to the group.

If you would like to help – please get in touch or just pop down to Whitton’s Gardens on a Wednesday evening

Painting Planters Yesterday, we started to paint the wooden planters ready for planting in a few weeks time – they look really good and it will be great to see them out around the town again.

Thanks for the FLARE students for helping once again.

Dont forget you can sponsor a planter – just get in touch for more details.

Could you support Gainsborough in Bloom? Gainsborough in Bloom now offers businesses the opportunity to support the team starting at only £30 per year.

Sponsorship helps us bring colour to the town which in turn makes Gainsborough a more attractive place for people to visit.

If you are a business who would like to Support the team or sponsor a planter, please get in touch.

FLARE students help prepare planters Yesterday, Monday 9th March, 6 students from the FLARE project came along to Richmond Park to help prepare the wooden planters.

We re-potted any healthy plants, emptied and cleaned the planters and moved them indoors where they can dry out ready for repairing and painting next week.

The weather was wet and miserable but the students got stuck in and we got loads done.

Thanks FLARE – See you next week!

Tour of Gainsborough Last week Jo, Anna, Sam and new recruit Denise went on a tour of all of our sites to see how they are doing and what work needs to be completed.

Spring has definitely arrived as these lovely Daffodils show near to the PING factory.

Now the hard work begins… growing season has begun!

FLARE Students to help In Bloom Team Students on the FLARE programme in Gainsborough are to help Gainsborough in Bloom every Monday from March.

The students will be helping with painting benches and planters, planting up and weeding.

Sam from the In Bloom team went along to meet the students and talk about what they would like to see in their town.

Hopefully the judges can meet the students in July too and see their hard work!

thanks FLARE!

Spring has sprung! It’s officially spring and our bulbs on Thorndyke Way have started to bloom.

These beautiful crocus’ have added some much needed colour to the area

The river of bulbs planted alongside the road are well on their way too!

Look out for new splashes of colour in the coming weeks

Planning for 2015 Last week,the In Bloom committee met to talk about 2015! It’s only a couple of weeks away!

Look out for new volunteering opportunities

NCS Volunteers help in Richmond Park On Saturday 22nd November, 12 fantastic volunteers from NCS helped with various projects in Richmond Park.

They worked really hard and completed lots of tasks including:

Making Bug Hotels
Preparing flower borders
Preparing areas for grass re-seeding
Preparing geraniums for over-wintering
Re-cycling plants for 2015
Tidying border edges

Jo, our Chair said “ All the volunteers were brilliant and a pleasure to work alongside”

Thanks NCS

Planting Bulbs for Spring On Monday 17th November, a team of In Bloom volunteers planted hundred of bulbs along Thorndike Way ready for the Spring.

A mixture of daffodils, tulips and crocuses will bloom next year and will look really lovely on the gateway to the town.

Clearing Morton Corner Anna, Jo and Sam have been clearing Morton Corner ready for shrub planting.

Several bags of leaves have been collected, the ivy has been cut back and the whole area tidied ready for planting.

This clearing work will help for the 2015 season and will make a feature of this area.

We will be at Morton Corner every Monday afternoon – If you would like to help out, please let us know.

What a difference a year can make This year, one of our key areas has been the Old Guildhall site.

The Guidhall was originally occupied by the council until they relocated to Marshall’s Yard in 2008.

Since then, the building has stood empty and was looking very sorry for itself.

This year, the council demolished the building and created a beautiful area of green public space.

Gainsborough in Bloom have been helping to maintain the area which includes wildflower meadows, grassed areas and benches to sit awhile.

We think its looks a lot better! Thanks West Lindsey District Council.

Great Coverage in this week's Gainsborough Standard The Whitton’s Gardens clear up event and Gainsborough College students got some great coverage in this week’s Gainsborough Standard. Many thanks to all involved!

The next Public event is at Whitton’s Gardens next Wednesday 11th June at 5:30pm – we would love you to joinus, the more the merrier!

Call for Pubs to get creative with flowers Call for pubs to get creative with flowers

Gainsborough In Bloom Campaign for 2014 Well Underway Gainsborough is Growing for Gold in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom campaign, building on from last year’s Silver Award we plan to have Gainsborough looking even more blooming marvellous!

The focus areas for this years campaign include:
Morton Terrace & Morton Corner
Trent Birdge and Murco Garage
Thorndyke Way
Ashcroft Park
Richmond Park
Gainsborough College
The Market Place

This list is by no means conclusive and we urge the people of Gainsborough to look at the areas where they live and work to identify any other areas that would benefit from green fingers!

Donations of tools and equipment to assist the campaign have been generously forthcoming from local residents, if you wish to donate any unwated tools or equipment please contact Jackie Helliwell at Marshall’s Yard on 01427 810706.

Silver Award for Gainsborough In Bloom's 2013 campaign! East Midlands In Bloom have awarded Gainsborough a Silver Award in the Large Town’s category for 2013!

The Old Hall was also awarded a Special Judges Award for their spectacular garden displays, a very well done to the team there for all their hard work!

Gainsborough In Bloom would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has been involved in this year’s campaign – we couldn’t have got that result without your help!!

We are already full steam ahead for the next campaign, as well as continuing to maintain the areas we have worked on over the course of this year.

We have some fantastic projects lined up for the next 12 months and we are confident that as the campaign develops, more and more people will come on board with our aim to help make Gainsborough a colourful, clean and tidy place where people are proud to visit, work and live!

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North Street Clean Up - Volunteers Welcome Don’t forget the big clean up this Saturday at North Street. 9am-12. Everyone welcome!

Volunteer With Us - 15th June Gainsborugh In Bloom is making great progress with projects across the town and things are looking great!

We would like to welcome volunteers to come and join us on a clean up mission – 15th June at North Street.

Everyone welcome – All help very much appreciated! We want to make Giansborugh People proud!

Come and join us at North Street, Gainsborugh, between 9am and 12 noon.

We look forward to seeing you!

Gainsborough in Bloom This year, Gainsborough will once again be taking part in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. An annual competition organised by the EMIB Regional Committee, this is one of 18 regions that together create ‘Britain in Bloom’.

Arranged by the Royal Horticultural Society the competition is voluntary and non profitable. The aim is to improve the environment around us through the use of nature and landscape design.

Last year Gainsborough Old Hall achieved the ‘top award’ in the ‘it’s your neighbourhood’ section of the competition, this year they are aiming to win again. The competition allows the community to get involved and help achieve these awards.
The competition has several additional categories, which are as follows:

• East Midlands Award for Horticultural Excellence in Parks.
• East Midlands in Bloom Award for Best Wildflower and Conservation Area.
• East Midlands in Bloom Trophy for the Most Improved Entrant.
• East Midlands in Bloom for the Least Littered Environment.
• Barcham Trees Award for the Best Permanent Landscaping Scheme.
• Frank Constable Award for the Residential Garden.
• East Midlands in Bloom Committee Award. (Sponsored by The Art Department)
• East Midlands in Bloom Best School Garden. (Plaques sponsored by The Art Department)
• East Midlands in Bloom Best Hotel/Pub Garden or Display.
• East Midlands in Bloom Best Retail/Commercial Premises.

So schools grab your students who have an eye for design and gardening and get involved, the competition is open entry and you could win the ‘East Midlands in Bloom Best School Garden’.
If you would like to get involved or know more about the competition you can contact Vaughan Hughes, Secretary of Gainsborough in Bloom Committee via email at:

Gainsborough In Bloom 2013 Gets Underway! Work has started on Gainsborough In Bloom 2013 and things are already steaming ahead! Last year we earned a Bronze award for Gainsborough, this year we are setting our sights on that Silver! Being only a few points away from achieving it last year, we feel confident that we can aim high and achieve!

Regular updates will be available tough the website and via our Facebook and twitter pages. Anybody wanting to get involved with this year’s projects should contact Vaughan Hughes, Chairman of the Gainsborough In Bloom Committee, via email

The are lots of ways people can get involved, whether it be to provide advice and suggestions on areas in need of a landscape make over or whether you fancy giving us a hand with some digging and planting.

Gainsborough In Bloom would like to take this opportunity to thank all its sponsors for last year’s projects, we could not have come as far as we have without your help and we hope that you will continue to support our aims and achievements throughout 2013.
Thank you again to:
BBC Pro Metals
Stalled Kane
Lincolnshire Co-Op
ABC Accountants
Elite Workwear
Burton & Dyson
Jo Biddle, The Florist
Meep Meep Creative
Murco Filling Station
Elite Signs
ISS Facility Services
Sills & Betteridge
Marshall’s Yard Ltd

The opportunities for us to make Gainsborough stand out from all the rest, are out there! Come along and help us to get that Silver Award for your town!

Judgement Day Announced for Gainsborough In Bloom 2012 Judges from East Midlands In Bloom have confirmed that the Judging of Gainsborough’s In Bloom programme is to take place on the 6th July 2012.

Entering into the Large Town Category, Gainsborough is one of 11 towns to be judged within the East Midlands In Bloom area.

Bloomin Good Ideas from Gainsborough Children! Gainsborough Schools have been invited to dig in and help Gainsborough In Bloom – giving the town’s youngsters the chance to showcase their imaginative talents and create something unique for Gainsborough.

The project involves children from all the Gainsborough area primary schools joining in a competition for the Best Circular Flower Bed Design. Children were asked to create their own unique flower bed design that would represent one of two themes, The London Olympics 2012 or the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.

The winning designs will then be put into a working drawing and will be ‘planted-up’ within Whittons Gardens on the Riverside as part of the Gainsborough In Bloom 2012 campaign. Judging of the final designs will take place this week with winners being announced soon after!

David Hawkins, member of the Gainsborough In Bloom Committee said, “The schools’ involvement is playing an important part in this year’s campaign and we are looking forward to seeing the display ideas that the school children have worked on.”

Earlier this month the Gainsborough In Bloom committee welcomed Lee Beckett to the town, who’s visit was organised in order to obtain tips and advice on how to get our campaign to the next level! Lee is the co-ordinator for the Cleethorpes In Bloom committee who have consistently achieved a number of high level awards for the Britain in Bloom campaign and we found his visit to be very useful and informative!!

An important message to come out of the visit was that the involvement by the local community was vital in order to achieve something that everyone could be proud of. The more attractive we make our surroundings, the more pride we have in our area. So far, we have had a fantastic response from the local community but we are looking to get even more people involved with this year’s campaign – the more the merrier is the message!

Jo Biddle, owner of The Florist, Marshall’s Yard said, “Lee’s visit really helped the committee to focus on our aims for this year’s campaigns and we very much appreciated his input. We have been encouraged this year by the great response from businesses wanting to get involved this year and now we need to engage further with the local residents and community groups in order to get everyone united for bigger and better results for this year’s campaign.”

For further information on how to get involved with Gainsborough In Bloom should contact David Hawkins at

Picture – left to right From L-R the names are:-

Anna Grieve (WLDC Contracts Officer), Roy Pell (YaSiG Trustee), Hilary

Bennett (YaSiG Trustee), WLDC Cllr Gillian Bardsley, Angela Hunter (YaSiG

Horticulture Co-Ordinator), David Hawkins (Town Centre Manager), Lorraine

Davies (YaSiG Senior Educator) & Di Morland (YaSiG Trustee).

New GIB website now live Gainsborough in Bloom new website launched, check it out for all the latest update and information on the 2012 campaign including the Schools Competition which will be judged very shortly.

Gainsborough Goes for Gold in Blooming Marvellous Marathon Members of the Gainsborough-in-Bloom Steering Group are calling on the whole town to get behind their bid for this year’s East Midlands in Bloom Competition.
The committee is already working with both the District and the Town Councils and now they’re urging local businesses, groups and individuals to get involved and help the town build on last year’s Bronze Award success for it’s floral displays and planting.
Paul Leeder, Clerk to the Town Council said ‘We all want to continue to work to improve the visual impact of the town, building on the Bronze Award we achieved in 2011 and the judges Special Award given to The Friends of The Old Hall for their themed ‘Elizabethan Garden.’
Last year local companies supporting the in bloom campaign were: PING, Marshall’s Yard, Burton & Dyson, Stallard Kane, Jo Biddle The Florist, ABC Accountants, The Studio, LEW, Co-Op, Paul Francis Landscape Design, Meep Meep Creative, Elite Signs, Silvaperl, PC Garden Maintenance, Andrews Landscapes, ISS Contractors, Bradshaws Transport, Elite Workwear & Steve Waplington.
And this year the committee are hoping to inspire even more people in the town to volunteer and help Gainsborough look blooming lovely throughout the spring and summer months.
Mr Leeder added: ‘Work to enhance the local environment is most definitely not a sprint ‘it has to be viewed as a long-term collective effort. It’s unlikely any of us can compete in the Olympic 100m, but everyone in town can certainly participate in this Blooming Marathon!’
One of the aims this year is to see more local schools and groups getting involved in the In Bloom project.
Already YaSiG have joined the group, with plans being made to re-design a large area outside their building on the river-front, involving a number of youngsters as part of their learning, training and qualifications, as well as PACS (Performing Arts Club of St.Johns), who are looking to develop a ‘Community Garden project’ on Ashcroft Road to add to the other South West Ward improvement ideas.