Villages in Bloom – Your help is requested

The “In Bloom” organisation is not just about gardens and grandiose floral displays. The current competition criteria are more akin to those of the now discontinued ‘Best Kept Village’ competition in Surrey which Buckland has previously entered. Our past glories are displayed on two plaques outside the Reading Room.

However, it’s been a long time since our community tackled such a challenge. Therefore, on behalf of its residents, Buckland Parish Council has responded to an invitation and entered Buckland in the village category of the South and South East England regional “In Bloom” competition.

Villages are assessed for their achievements in three core pillars: Horticultural Excellence, as one might expect, but also Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation. (For more detail about the criteria please click here.)

In total, more than 1,600 communities around the UK enter their regional “In Bloom” competition. Subsequently, about 80 communities from each region are invited to enter the national finals of “Britain in Bloom” run by the RHS.

At the time of writing, our entry is supported by many community groups: St Mary the Virgin, Buckland; Buckland Estate; Buckland Deli, our village shop; Occasions, our hairdressers; Buckland Nurseries; The Pheasant; The Red Lion; Brockham Green Horticultural Society (which covers all RH3); Pilgrims Cricket Club; Tiny Tots Toddler Group; and Buckland’s Brownies and Rainbows.

The judges are coming to Buckland on Thursday 11th July and will tour the village starting at 2pm

We are hoping that you will want to be part of this community effort. It’s not that onerous – please tidy your front garden, mow your lawn and remove weeds a day or so before the judges come. The requirement is that gardens should be “well cared for”, not necessarily a blaze of floral colour. The judges will be on the look out for litter so please remove any you spot, including any food wrappers, coffee cups, drinks bottles and cans all too frequently thrown from passing cars, thus blighting our village.

Julian Steed, Buckland Parish Councillor

April 7, 2019