We have entered Fishburn into the large village category of Northumbria in Bloom competition. The adjudicators made their Summer judging visit today, starting their tour at Fishburn Primary School. They will be looking at three sections: horticultural achievement; environmental responsibility; and community participation.
The youngest children from the school have been working at preparing their allotment area ready for the visit as they are very proud of their school grounds/small orchard. The children who have used their allotment as a project are in early years, 3-5 years, also some older children. The Headteacher has indicated that they would also like to help to install 6-8 bat and bird nesting boxes in the large trees on the village green, as well as planning for the future by planting some spring-flowering daffodil bulbs around the village in the Autumn term when they get back in September.
At the bowling green beds of 'Peace' roses commemorate the centenary of the First World War to show respect for residents of Fishburn past and present who have gone to war, and 'Queen Elizabeth' roses mark the Queen's 90th birthday, as well as 'Nostalgia' (eye-catching creamy-white to bright cherry-red colour) and 'Remembrance' (red) and 'Beautiful Britain' (orange), and the borders along the cemetery drive have been improved and 50 new hybrid tea roses planted.
The Allotment Association and the Community Centre have been very supportive, and the Co-op store kindly donated £250.00 for two self-watering barrel planters to match the existing flower tubs on the rest of the village green. Scott Ellwood’s company, S. E. Landscaping Limited, has also supported the council's entry.
It was too late to plant some wild flowers in Fishburn for this year, but we have ordered some seed which is attractive to bees and butterflies and would welcome willing volunteers from the local community to sow some annual and perennial wildflowers on the highway verges at the four entrances to the village for a colourful floral display in next year's summer months.