A Blooming Busy Wittering

Dear Civic Pride,

It’s official! We are full steam ahead for this year’s North West Britain in Bloom competition. Last Friday we were visited by Mr Roy Strong from the Royal Horticultural Society, who very kindly gave up his time to come and share his thoughts on our Rawtenstall bid for Gold.
Our Project Leader, Chris Blomerley, is now chomping at the bit to get started as there’s lots to do before the judging in Summer. It isn’t all about the Gardens either, with two other key themes of Community involvement and Environmental friendliness also assessed. We are certainly going to need all hands on deck! Find out more about this prestigious award at www.northwestinbloom.com

So, moving on. A huge thank you for all your hard work throughout the wet and windy weather. The forecast is looking better, and so with another busy week ahead; here’s what’s happening in your Valley:

Tuesday 17th March.
No gardening this week, but litter picking duties are taking a front seat.
Go along and see the difference you can make as a volunteer.

Wednesday 18th March, 10am
Out-Bound Layby, A682, Rawtenstall.
Planting up some new plants, weeding and tidying. Please note as this garden is very wet at present we only need a maximum of 2 volunteers in order to avoid footfall damage. It is important to ring our Garden’s Officer, Anne, on 01706 551 123 in advance to check if your help is needed.

Thursday 19th March, 10am
Haslingden Road Garden, Rawtenstall.
Pruning the massive buddleia, planting shrubs, weeding, general pruning and tidying. There will be tasks for everyone, and no need for specific gardening skills. All welcome, bring a friend.

Monday 23rd March, 09:30am
Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot.
The post-Winter tidy up continues and the Spring flowers are blooming. All gardeners from Novice to Expert are most welcome to join in.

Monday 23rd March, 10:00am
Back again with the excellent volunteers in Crawshawbooth. All welcome to help with the gardening and tidying, but please contact Elaine at [email protected] to find out what needs doing.
Thanks to the Rawtenstall crew who arrived to help out last week, digging out some of the older shrubs to make space for new planting this Spring. The garden is looking great.

Tuesday 14th April, 10:00-12:00
The Grand Opening of The CPR Greenhouse.
(Situated at the back of Rawtenstall Market car park).
Aiming to provide an inclusive, sheltered space for volunteers to develop their horticultural knowledge, growing seeds and cuttings to plant in Civic Pride Community Gardens.

Other news…..
A plethora of daily Civic Pride activity this past week as the Lone Ranger litter pickers continue their hard work. Lots of messages on our Quick Topic site, so thank you very much! If you haven’t litter picked before, then we will provide all the equipment you need to get you started. Just get in touch!
Don’t forget we will be introducing taster sessions for new volunteers very soon, keep your eye on our Website and Social Media.

Haslingden CPR gardeners were busy on the Blackburn Road/Regent Street corner garden last Friday, and Bacup, Waterfoot and beyond are all coming into flower. If you wish to promote what you’re doing in your locality, then send details to [email protected] and I’ll make sure to put it into this weekly email.

Finally, and very importantly(!) Congratulations to our friends and supporters at Casked, 14 Bury Road, who have been awarded CAMRA’s Pub of the Year. Well done, Mike, Amanda and the team!!


Vice Chair