Aylsham in Bloom is a voluntary organisation that relies on donations of time, plants and money to install, plant and maintain flower tubs and flower beds in Aylsham. The aim is to enhance the attractiveness of the town. Volunteers are always welcomed. If you would like to get in touch, there’s a contact form at www.aylshaminbloom.weebly.com or use Messenger through our Facebook page Aylsham Inbloom.
This year, for the first time, Aylsham is entering the ‘Anglia in Bloom’ competition. Aylsham in Bloom is co-ordinating the entry in the ‘small town’ category. ‘Anglia in Bloom’ promotes community involvement in improving and sustaining the local environment by growing more flowers, trees, developing wildlife provision and growing more vegetables.
June 2016 sees another ‘first’. There’s a new competition ‘Out in Front’ for the best front garden. This will be judged by Nick Conrad, the BBC Radio Norfolk presenter. He will decide who wins the garden vouchers donated by Peter Purdy at Woodgate Nursery.
In July, town centre businesses will compete in the annual Traders’ Competition with their external floral displays. Last year’s judge, Susie Fowler-Watt a BBC Look East presenter, had such difficulty selecting just one winner that, this year, there’s an additional competition. The ‘Inside Out’ competition is for the best external floral display that reflects the business in the building. For example the Red Lion Music Shop has musical symbols on their pots; Broadland Framers grows flowers in picture frames; the florist Lavenders Blue has a wall of colourful blossoms; and Henry has made his debut outside JB Postle the electronics retailer.
Aylsham in Bloom works collaboratively with local organisations. For example: volunteers provide a Royal Horticultural Society outreach programme to the High School; the Army Cadets helped refurbish the roundabout; Rotary funded a bench and flower tubs by the Manor Close bus stop; Aylsham Town Council will provide allotments that can be subdivided to be assisted ‘starter’ plots.
The major fund-raiser for Aylsham in Bloom is a town-wide ‘Open Gardens’ event to be held biennially. The next ‘Open Gardens’ will be in 2017.
Aylsham in Bloom and the Aylsham Heritage Centre are both part of the Aylsham Community Partnership, a registered charity (number 1166514).