Spring 2013

Hi

Just to inform you that we have a new website Holbeck in Bloom  . please see any updates there

 

Also to inform you that the Yorkshire in Bloom spring Judging scheduled for Monday 15th April has been cancelled.

The RHS has decided that due to the very exceptional weather this spring it would be difficult to fairly judge the entrants.

We are arranging for the Summer judging to take place on   Friday 19th July 2013

Date of our next planning meeting Thursday 2nd May 2013 all welcome 5pm Ingram Gardens Community Room

Best regards

 

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Next Meeting

Hi

]ust a reminder that our first meeting of the new year will be on Thursday 7th February at Ingram Gardens Community Room..

( note new venue) at 5pm .

We will be planning for the Yorkshire in Bloom judging and discussing areas around Holbeck that need a face lift. Any Ideas ?

Volunteers dont have to be green fingered ( we’re not  ) to help uplift the environment .

See you there

 

Group Meeting

Please accept this message as an invitation to our planning meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 4th October at St Matthews Community Centre at 5pm.

We are always looking to recruit new members. You don’t have to be a gardener

just someone like us interested in brightening the environment around Holbeck.

See You There

Silver Award for Holbeck in Bloom

Ian Pickup proudly displaying this year award from Yorkshire In Bloom

We were delighted to receive the Silver Award at the Yorkshire in Bloom gathering at York Racecourse in the Urban  Community Category. The Judges gave us a report on how well we had done and highlighting areas for improvement. We have included a copy of their report on this page .

Category 2A: Urban Community

Judges Comments

Holbeck Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver         Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The extremely keen and committed In Bloom Group continue to make a clear

impression in Holbeck and have taken on board the judges comments from the Spring

judging to ensure the on-going progress of the “Holbeck Experience”. The continuing

environmental improvements and close working relationship with all sector partner

organisations will ensure that current and longer term development planned for the

area will both enhance and benefit the local community.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The continuing development of the Community Vegetable & Fruit Patch Initiative at the

rear of the Community Centre by the introduction of wall plantings and signage on the

raised beds inviting local people to gather and utilise the produce. The continuing

addition of new plantings to the Nationwide Security Services car park and the raised

beds in the grounds of the Ingram Road School. Despite the poor weather conditions,

the surprisingly good quality of the mixed plantings in the substantial wooden and

other planters located throughout the area. The organisational and promotional work

being done through the local Gardens Competition to encourage residents to add

colourful plantings within the very small frontages. The provision of a grassed area

following the removal of the over-mature shrub border alongside St Matthews Centre

and the Holbeck carpet bed sign demonstrating pride of place by the community.

Areas for Improvement

The attractive Cleveley Court Community Housing complex provides a quiet “oasis”

which could be improved with more colourful plantings in the public areas. The judges

thought that next time it might be useful to meet some of the residents of Cleveley

Court. The Shafton Road allotments whilst clearly fulfilling a community need would

benefit from investment to improve the infrastructure and security. Continue to

achieve a closer link with the Ingram Road School to encourage environmental

responsibility and knowledge. Continue to expand business support both directly and

through partnership arrangements.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The introduction of a wild flower raised bed at the local school. The Green Corridor

project along the historic walking route between Holbeck and Leeds City centre and

the introduction of perennial wildflower meadows. Some improvement was

recognised in controlling litter and this will be further improved by the introduction of

resident permit parking, which will discourage non-resident parking in the area on

Leeds United match days.

Areas for Improvement

Introduction of Interpretation boards in the community raised beds at St Matthews

Community Centre identifying the culinary plants and their uses. Still more evidence

of the recycling activities taking place within the community is required. Continue to

maintain efforts to discourage littering of public areas directly through provision of

additions bins and indirectly by demonstrating pride of place through on-going

environmental improvements and high maintenance standards. Consider inclusion of

aspects of local or natural heritage for judging in the future.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The In Bloom Group continue to provide clear evidence of all-year-round planning and

involvement by its numerous partners through the up-date sheet handed to the Judges

and the excellent visual display demonstrating all year round achievements and

proposed future development. Community awareness achieved through posters, In

Bloom signs, press articles, the Holbeck in Bloom blog site and the quarterly South

Leeds Life magazine enabling on-going publicity to be given to the work of the group

and its partners. The website is now being developed. Business support is expanding

and other funding opportunities are being pursued from grant-making bodies, public

sector bodies and local resources together with year-round fundraising activities,

sponsorship and practical help in kind. The environmental partnerships that continue

to be developed with public and private sponsors and supporters that enable

resources to be made available to bring about a wide range of environmental

improvements. Working with local Businesses this time Lloyds Banking group.

Areas for Improvement

Maintain and where possible continue to develop current levels of local community

participation. Particular emphasis should be given to encouraging greater involvement

by the local school.

New planters in Holbeck Community Centre

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New eye catching planters placed at the Community Centre. Four planters were specially commissioned from our local supplier Hargo Feeds. Angela and Ian were visiting Ben’s snack bar on Holbeck Lane and were impressed by the wooden furniture on display outside the Hargo Feeds shop. After a brief discussion then a haggle over the price handshakes were exchanged and a deal done . The Yorkshire in Bloom judges made positive comments and as a group we are more than satisfied with the finished product.

Summer visit Judges Yorkshire in Bloom

Monday 2nd July sees Holbeck in Bloom welcoming the judges into our area for the summer round of assessments.

We have worked hard to keep up to last year’s standard (silver) . The recent weather has impacted on our programme of planting. However, we are sure that we have done our best and appreciate the volunteers and helpers have contributed towards 2012 entry. Pictured above, volunteers from Lloyds Banking who visited Holbeck and worked very hard preparing the area for our visiting judges. Thanks girls!

Spring Report from Yorkshire in Bloom Judges

Introduction

In only its second year the dedicated and enthusiastic In Bloom group is making a clear impression in Holbeck through it’s wide ranging environmental activities. The organisational abilities of its members and the extent of support from public and private partnerships are bringing new life to the community which is undergoing considerable changes due to a number of current development opportunities.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The bold planting in appropriately substantial wooden and other planters strategically located to create the greatest impact within a predominantly urban environment. The quality and variety of the plants in containers on the frontage to Ingram Road Primary School together with the introduction of more sustainable planting. The attempts to introduce colour within the very limited front gardens of back to back houses encouraged by the gardens competition introduced by the In Bloom group. The clearance of the overgrown areas at the top of Tilburys and introduction of new plantings.

Areas for Improvement

Consideration might be given to some wall plantings adjacent the new raised beds at the Community Centre. Replanting of the shrub border adjacent St Matthews Community Centre together with the introduction of larger hanging baskets on the building to create more impact.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The excellent environmental partnerships that have been developed with over 30 public and private sponsors and supporters enabling resources to be made available to bring about a wide range of environmental improvements. The introduction of bird and bat boxes at the top of Tilburys following the clearance of the overgrown vegetation. The plans to introduce wild flower areas at the local school. The on-going development of the Green Corridor project along the historic walking route between Holbeck and Leeds City centre and the innovative plans to introduce further wildflower meadows on vacant land and Holbeck Meadows to attract bees and butterflies which was featured in the recent BBC Television’s Bees, Butterflies and Blooms programme. The funding of additional litter bins by private contributions is a very positive step and the fact that Leeds city council has agreed to empty them and to add additional bins as well is very commendable.

Areas for Improvement

Introduction of Interpretation boards in the community raised beds at St Matthews Community Centre. Introduction of perennial wild flower seed mix instead of annual sowings. More evidence of the recycling activities taking place within the community. Although it was very clear that great efforts have been made in controlling litter we felt that there was still more to be done. We understand the new litter bins will make a difference and we look forward to seeing an improvement in the summer. Continue to encourage businesses and residents to make the most of their own frontages and to keep them free of litter and graffiti.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Clear evidence of all-year-round planning and involvement by the In Bloom Group and its numerous partners, particularly evidenced by the portfolio and excellent visual display of achievements throughout the year and proposed future development. The introduction of the Tools Loan Scheme at the Holbeck Community Centre enabling and encouraging residents to improve their own gardens/frontages and to participate in the wider community improvement projects. Good generation of awareness through posters, In Bloom signs, press articles, the Holbeck in Bloom blog site and the quarterly South Leeds Life magazine enabling excellent publicity to be given to the work of the group and its partners. Participation by other local organisations and local residents demonstrating good support for the competition. The wide range of funding opportunities being pursued from grant-making bodies, public sector bodies and local resources through year-round fundraising activities, sponsorship and practical help in kind.

Areas for Improvement

Whilst fully recognising the difficulties presented by the transitory residential population, maintain and where possible develop current levels of local community participation particularly by the local school. As discussed consider a dedicated web site for the In Bloom Group. It was suggested by the judges that it may be possible for Holbeck in Bloom to get funding from “awards for all” for replacement of the fencing around the ball court at Holbeck community centre.

Stop Press

Angela just reminded us that the Local Government Elections are held on Thursday 3rd May.

The Holbeck in Bloom meeting will therefore take place on Thursday the following Week  10th May

Please make sure that you go out and vote on 3rd. Angela is up for Election as our Councillor.

Without her help and support the Blooming group would struggle so make improvements to Holbeck .