Well, at last, Summer is here (don’t blink) and this year’s Bearwood in Bloom is bigger and better than ever with more businesses, organisations and volunteers joining in than ever before to make our shopping areas so much more attractive and pleasing to the eye .
This year the flowers for the tubs were put together by volunteers accessing Sandwell MBC Mental Health Vocational and Employment Service with staff support from Tina Cundy, Project Support Worker. The tubs also received a small donation of plants and flowers from Homebase and B&Q
The most notable difference this year is the addition of the wooden surrounds which have been made up at cost price by our own Rutland Sheds with money donated by Sandwell MBC and Bearwood Traders.
One new intiative for this year is the introduction of veg and herbs in some of the planters, these have been kindly donated by Kate Slade and friends from Bearwood allotments.
Traders Association Chair Richard Marshall explained the reasoning behind this initiative…..
“It stems from last year when we initially put the tubs out we had a few of the new plants taken and, always trying to make something positive from a negative, I wondered how we could turn this around, and came up with the idea of vegetables and herbs. That way if people did take stuff then at least it may be useful to them. Also it gives people a chance to try stuff they may not normally use . So now when you buy say a piece of lamb from Higgins butchers you can take a snippet of fresh mint, or when you pop to the Antonios Food Emporium you can sample some courgette.”
There are 15 main planters around the town with each one being unique and anyone interested in plants and flowers should track each one down to have a look , there is even a Union Flag in commemoration of the Queens Jubilee and the Olympic Games .
This year as previously said more areas are displaying hanging baskets and planted areas, with Bearwood Baptist Church, Samba bar, Mike Drapers numerous shops and Roberts and Brains being welcome additions to old favourites like the Bear Tavern, Azzaritoo and the area opposite Bearwood Road School all looking as fabulous as ever
One thing to remember folks is that these planters are yours, take ownership of them, feel free to water and dead head them if needed.
(Some photos to follow)