Norton in Hales go 'Greener for Life'
2015 Champion of Champions, Norton in Hales, chose the theme ‘Greener for Life’ in their bid to win this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.
The winning theme
A colour theme of blue and yellow was selected, (which make green when mixed) and also to represent the Shropshire crest colours. Sustainability was one of the core objectives and the Bloom group planted diverse perennials into its displays and utilised reusable oak barrels.
As environmental considerations were at the fore, the group composted coffee grounds for planting displays and used barrels both to prevent heavy water usage and to help keep pests away. In addition, recycled tractor tyres were used at the Horsewash area of the village to grow cereals; planted with the help of local schoolchildren.
Planning the winning campaign
Several new flower displays were created for 2015, including a new perennial bed and cottage garden at the recreation ground. A new wildflower area was also sown in this location, again with the help of schoolchildren who were later able to study insects on the plants and flowers.
Other projects included work at the local Hinds Head Inn, which lacked colour outside. The group purchased and planted several large planters so that they brimmed with flowers. Also a new corner bed was created in the Churchyard, to replace two old barrels.
The result of the group’s efforts gave a stunning display of colour throughout the village for everyone to enjoy throughout the year.
RHS Britain in Bloom judges said, “Norton in Hales provide a model of what can be achieved by working together. They should be extremely proud because it really is the entire village that has won the Champion of Champions award!”
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See all the results of RHS Britain in Bloom 2015 (145kB pdf)
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