Improving Our Community
Improving Our Community

Review of 2016

Once again we were able to provide a splash of colour around Daisy Hill over the summer with our flower beds, tubs, pots and planters. We planted up more than ever with colourful summer bedding plants. During November the summer bedding was cleared and replaced with winter pansies and polyanthus.  We've also added more spring bulbs in various locations, to brighton up Daisy Hill in the spring.

 

If you would like to help with weeding and planting work in future, please get in touch. Email vronswin@aol.com.

 

Brief History of Daisy Hill in Bloom

 

A Committee of Councillors and volunteers first got together in 2008 and agreed to enter Daisy Hill in the North West in Bloom Awards.

We were delighted to receive our first certificate at the Awards that autumn - more details at foot of this page.

After a lull the committee formed again under a new chairman in 2009.

We met in the Community Centre in June 09 and agreed to aim for another entry into the North West in Bloom neighbourhood scheme in 2010 - as it was too late to enter for 2009.

During 2009 and 2010 we worked to raise awareness of what we're doing, brighten up Daisy Hill and raise funds for bigger schemes, and we hope other residents will play their part - keeping gardens looking cheerful, and open spaces free from litter.

In 2011 and 2012 we again entered the North West in Bloom scheme, though because of the way the competition is judged we were unable to progress to the higher levels, and we have now stopped entering. Our efforts expanded with more flower beds and railings planters for winter and summer bedding, and more spring bulbs. We continued with our efforts to reduce litter in the village centre and by-pass, and to involve the community and other local organisations.

We joined the Westhoughton Community Network to share ideas with other local community groups. And we were especially please by the involvement of locally-owned company Stressweld who provided the new "welcome" sign for the village, and the schoolchildren who helped come up with the design.

Summary of 2015

During late May and early June we planted out a range of summer bedding in the railing planters, pots and tubs, and raised beds which we have installed over the years. We had a couple of working parties earlier in the autumn to tidy up the community centre garden, do a bit of litter collection and keep our summer bedding plants looking good for a while longer by weeding and dead heading.

We then met twice in November to finish clearing summer bedding, plant winter bedding, and plant bulbs.

Our first litter pick of 2015 took place on in February, followed by a big spring clean event on 21st March, joining up with other local organisations, including the Civic Trust, The Friends of Daisy Hill Station and St James Church. Thanks to all who took part. We also had a successful summer tidy-up on Sunday 2nd August. And our final litter-picking session was on Sunday 13th December.

What's Happened in Recent Years

We now have more tubs, troughs and containers to maintain around the village, and we also run several litter-clearing events each year. We have had further successful local awards presentations - there's more information on the "Results" page.

In the last few years our spring bulbs and winter bedding have again been bright and cheerful. When they fade, we fill our tubs and planters with summer bedding plants and then struggle to keep them watered through any dry spells each summer!

Some of the areas we have unofficially adopted and turned into gardens are by now well established and looking good, and we've been working along a roadside verge on Hindley Road near the Post Office.

We've been linking up with other local organisations, for example in joint litter picking events.

What happened in 2011 and 2012

For the Jubilee and Olympics year in 2012 our railing planters had a red, white and blue theme, and we planted up the triangular raised beds at the junction of Lower Leigh Road, and the new circular bed under our "Welcome to Daisy Hill" sign. We kept our tubs and planters bright during the winter with winter bedding of pansies and primulas.

We have also worked with St James School. We cleared a derelict spot near the old school building, and provided two new wooden planters.

We had several litter picking sessions in 2012 including a New Year session when 15 bags of rubbish were collected, and our regular Easter clean up with Easter eggs for children taking part (thanks to Sainsbury's) and refreshments for all.

Wrought iron company Stressweld worked with the Committee to produce a "Welcome to Daisy Hill" sign in 2011 based on designs by local primary school children. it provides a striking feature at one of the main entrances to the village, and was enhanced by a great floral display this year.

What Happened in 2010

Two of the team with the "Developing" Certificate

Our spring bulbs gave a good show, from the early crocusses through to the late daffodils. Many thanks to the Committee members who helped with planting, and thanks also to the Probation Service for supplying additional worforce.

Our raised beds and planters were installed and planted up in time for a lovely, colourful summer display. Thanks to Heaton Fold nursery for supplying plants at a discount!

We had great fun in early July clearing one of Dasiy Hill's "grot spots" - a triangle of waste ground between the backs of garages on Lower Leigh Road which was full of invesive weeds and rubbish. (See picture in the photo gallery)

On 14th July volunteers met at the Community Centre for a final litter-picking effort before the official judging day. Other litter picking session were held throughout the year.

On 16th July officials from North West in Bloom came to judge our progress so far.

Our celebration event and presentation of local front garden awards was held on Friday 3rd September at the Community Centre on Hartford Road. Winners and runners up received vouchers and sparkling wine.

After a lot of hard work three of the Team went to Southport in October to receive our Northwest in Bloom Neighbourhood award. There are five categories of award, Establishing, Improving, Developing, Thriving and Outstanding. We were judged to be Developing which we consider to be really good, and a tribute to all involved.

What we did in 2009

We tidied up the flower bed at the Community Centre, and planted fresh plants in the containers at St James' School which were provided by the Committee the previous year. We arranged for spring bulbs to be planted in key locations around Daisy Hill, and for the Council to tidy up local hedges and verges.

We had a successful plant sale and raffle again at the Daisy Hill Summer Festival on 12 July, and we also had stands with plants, handmade greetings cards and Christmas decorations at the St James' School Christmas Fair and the Westhoughton Winter Fair, giving lots of local people the chance to meet some of the the Daisy Hill in Bloom team!

What happened in 2008

In late May we sowed wild flower seeds along verges on Hartford Rd, Hindley Rd and sections of Leigh Road, to add a spash of colour. We've decided not to do this again as the impact was short-lived and the verges looked rather scruffy before the flowers came out.

Local cubs and beavers got involved, and helped clear weeds and plant up the borders at St Georges School.

Daisy Hill in Bloom had a plant stand at the Daisy Hill Summer Festival - a chance to raise extra funds and meet people.

The Community Centre, the Parish Church and local pubs, shops, schools and restaurants got involved to brighten up their grounds, or display hanging baskets, tubs or window boxes.

The North West in Bloom judges helped select winners for the front garden competition, which focused on the main routes through the village (Leigh Rd, Lower Leigh Rd, Hindley Rd, France Street).

Judging took place in July, and the award ceremony was on 6 October, when we were given an Improvement Award.

We held a celebration evening on 6 November at the Communty Centre