2017 Gardens in Bloom
The BGCA entered the RHS North West in Bloom awards again in 2017 despite our work load increasing due the further Council cuts to the Parks budget and staff numbers. The results will be announced at a gala presentation held in the Southport Convention Centre in November.
We are pleased to say that in 2016 we were awarded the third top level 5 &ldqu;outstanding” accreditation in a row and also a coveted RHS discretional National Certificate of Distinction for excellence over a long period.
(See photo gallery for 2017 Summer displays, also the 2017 Spring beds and award presentation)
Due to the Council plant Nursery closing, we now have to rely on our Sponsors and public donations to outsource over 4000 plants per season. (See list of app 30 sponsors) We also save plants over winter and grow many in our dedicated on site Greenhouse. More sponsorship and donations would be welcome; all funds are spent on the Botanic Gardens by us.
The Flower beds, baskets and containers are designed to present a different display each season, each year by Ann Cobham who also deals with our benefactors.
The volunteer gardening team of about 16 plant up and maintain the sponsored beds and containers.
The park now has no permanent gardeners on site; certain duties such as mechanised grass cutting and waste disposal are carried out by a small pool of council gardeners.
An average of 12 volunteers work mainly on Monday and Friday mornings, over 10,000 volunteer hours were worked during the last 3 years. We would welcome more members.
Apart from gardening duties we try to keep the front area of the park and Aviary tidy and litter free.
We also have a lease on the once vandalised and dank toilet block; we maintain and are improving the facility which we saved from closure.
Work continues on the Nature trail. (See Gallery)