Fylde MP’s praise for In Bloom team’s champion performance

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has congratulated In Bloom volunteers for a champion performance.
Elswick was named Champion of Champions 2017 after judges were impressed with the standard of displays and volunteering in the Fylde village.
Mr Menzies said: “My congratulations go to the In Bloom volunteers in Elswick after they scooped the Champion of Champions 2017 title.
“It is no mean feat to win such an award and every single one of the 50 volunteers who helped plant bulbs, mow grass, tidy areas and more should be rightly proud of their achievement.
“I’m told Elswick’s entry impressed the RHS judges with its high impact floral displays, attention to detail and wider 1,000-strong support base which has translated into a wealth of stunning front gardens and business premises.
“Congratulations to each and evry volunteer.”
The In Bloom group, which involves Elswick Parish Council, village organisations and around 50 volunteers who put in 30 hours each a year, has also made significant efforts to bring back the village’s lost heritage. They have recreated a community orchard with nearly 50 fruit trees and bee hives, a wildflower meadow and the ‘Avenue of Trees’ from scenes depicted in Windmill Land, a 1916 book about the area.
In the last year alone, the group has re-planted 600 native primroses, planted 2,000 crocus corms, 500 tulips and a further 1,000 bluebell bulbs, and installed additional bat and bird boxes and bug hotels. The group also provides ‘outdoor classroom’ areas for the local primary school and takes part in an innovative Christmas tree recycling scheme where discarded trees are used to help stabilise sand dunes on the nearby coast.


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