The committee meets roughly once a month, with a break during the winter, and is a mixture of Councillors and volunteers. Please email email@example.com if you'd like to attend, and help us plan future priorities and activities. Our next official meeting will be on Monday 23 September at 7.30pm at Daisy Hill Cricket Club. But there's lots of ways to get involved without being a committee member. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date info on planting, weeding, litter picking etc.
We're giving the big "Flower, Fruit and Veg Show" event a rest this year. Instead we're holding a sunflower competition. To enter, email a picture of your champion sunflower to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're looking not just for the tallest but also the most beautiful flowers. If you think you've got a chance in the tallest sunflower stakes let us have the measurement from the soil to the base of the flower. To ensure that the winners all had the same growing conditions you must be in the BL5 postcode area to be eligible for a prize. Closing date at the end of August, but you can submit your entry as soon as you think your best sunflower has reached its peak!
We've also been out and about spotting the front gardens which enhance our community. If you have a colourful or impressive front garden you may have had a special "thanks you" from us. If you didn't get a thank you card and feel your front garden merits one, email us a picture : email@example.com. (Daisy Hill area only - you'll need to confirm your address.)
Two of our flower beds on Lower Leigh Road had become rather dilapidated, so this spring we've re-built them with the help of a donation from Bolton Green Umbrella ( www.boltongreenunbrella.org.uk ).
Plants to Brighten up our Neighbourhood
Every year in late spring, we plant our hundreds of summer bedding plants in tubs and planters, and nearly as many winter pansies and primulas in the autumn. We're always keen to recruit more volunteers who can help out occasionally, with planting and weeding, or by adopting a tub or planter and watering it in dry periods over the summer. If you would like to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of planned sessions will be posted on our Facebook page.
It's particular challenging to keep all the summer displays watered during dry spells. If you live near any of our tubs or planters, we'd be really grateful if you could pour a few litres of water on one of them if it doesn't rain for a few days. It's better to put plenty of water in one container rather than a little bit in several, so that the water soaks down into the soil. Just watering the surface encourages the roots to the surface, leaving the plants more vulnerable.
We've enjoyed a lot of good feedback from local residents who have seen us at work, especially in response to the summer bedding displays which get more extensive every year. It's nice to know our
efforts our appreciated.
Local residents who keep their front gardens looking great really contribute a lot to the appearance of our village, so we periodically deliver thank you cards on behalf of the Daisy Hill in Bloom team. If you keep your front garden looking great so that it improves the neighbourhood we could be getting in touch with you to say thank you!
Each spring we seem to have more crocuses and daffodils around the village. We've had help with this in the past from Community Payback scheme who have sometimes provided additional labour, and from the Bolton Civic Trust who have provided more bulbs.
Daisy Hill in Bloom organises a litter pick around the village three or four times a year, which are advertised on our Facebook page. It's amazing how much we can collect in just an hour or so. Our next litter-pick is on Saturday 5 October, 10.00am to 11.00am. Meet at St James Church. All welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We can supply litter grabbers and rubbish bags. We have a small supply of gloves, but feel free to bring your own.
Our last event in March was part of Keep Britain Tidy's Big Spring Clean, and was our most successful yet - many thanks to all who took part.
Why not adopt the pavement in front of your house and keep it litter-free this year? Or contact us if there's a part of Daisy Hill that could to with a clean-up. (email@example.com).
As mentioned above, there won't be a Show this year, but we plan to hold one again in future years. Many thanks to everyone who entered and supported the 2017 and 2018 events. There's a list of winners on the "Results" page of the website, and some pictures in the Photo Gallery.
We want to get as many people involved as possible - email if you're interested firstname.lastname@example.org