Weybridge In Bloom – Activities & Achievements in First Year (2018/2019)
A Successful First Year
Team WiB would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members.
Looking back on the year 2019, we started the year with a handful of volunteers and are now a community of over 100 plus members from all across Weybridge and neighbouring areas.
As we come to the end of 2019, on behalf of team WiB, I send you Seasons Greeting and a wish you a very Happy New Year 2020.
We look forward to continue and build on our successes from 2019.
We will be sharing the details of our plans for 2020 early in the New Year on www.weybridgeinbloom.org.uk which is a Community website on All About Weybridge.
WiB was formally launched on 2nd March 2019. We held our first bulb-planting event on 25th Nov 2018 and then over the next 12 months in 2019, we have made good strides (details below) in making Weybridge a more greener and brighter place to live, work and do business. We have been busy through the year organising and running various events, drives and competitions that have kept the local Weybridge involved with WiB.
Thank you from the WiB Executive team:
· Founder/Chair – Charu Sood
· Vice Chair – Ian Donaldson
· Treasurer – Mike O’ Sullivan
· Communications – Hilary Butler
· Gardening Team Leads – Anna Gibbons and Diane Ewart
2019 at a Glance:
We have had three bulb planting events till date and have covered quite a lot of Weybridge. Morrison being our first on the list. This year we have planted at the quadrant and Oatlands recreation ground along with other places like Thames Street, Foxholes and Churchfields recreation ground.
The wildflower bedding was done by the volunteers and their children as well as members of WiB “The wildflower meadow display of Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Cockle and Corn Marigold became a key area to attract the bees”.
Organised to celebrate national tree planting day on the 30th November in partnership with EBC.
Planted 5 Birch trees along with 5 different local community groups – My son’s planet, Cloth Club Weybridge, Elmbridge Environment Concern Group and Molesey Cloth Exchange.
Design A Flowerbed Competition
was organised in partnership with Elmbridge borough council and the winning design of Aryan Patel, student of St George’s junior school was planted in Churchfields recreation ground.
Children’s (under 10’s) Sunflower Competition
Was organised by The WAHGA (Weybridge Allotment Holders’ and Gardeners’ Association) in partnership with WiB to encourage younger generation.
The response was tremendous and we had joint winners Alice O’Neil and Emily Oreto friends and schoolmates from St James School.
This was open to all Weybridge non-retail and retail businesses. We were pleased to receive 15 entries to the competition. The Winner for the competition was “Collections Hair Club”, Queens road.
The competition was run in partnership with
· The Arts Society Weybridge
· Weybridge Society
· Weybridge Town Business Group
· All about Weybridge (Media partner)
Litter Picking Events
Weybridge Christmas Fayre
She along with Bryn (a student of Heathside School) had manned the stall and interacted with the visitors of the stall, promoted our brand and encouraged more people to sign up with WiB.
WiB Plans and Request For Volunteers – 19th March 2019
WiB team would like to request for volunteers as part of the team and help us run the initiative in a more organised and professional manner.
We are looking for a support in the following areas
Someone who can can take care of all the publication and media related activities for WiB.
Someone who can help us in promoting the initiatives and help get sponsors and sponsorship money
People who are very passionate about gardening and take leadership in forming and running a “Gardening party”. They will be the ones who will decide on plants; grow saplings from seeds for planting , design flower beds and Identify the areas of concerns.
PROJECT & SCHEDULE
Here is the current schedule of activities planned in the next 9 months for which we require volunteers as above.
3. Summer – Litter picking
4. Autumn – Bulb Planting
Beautiful Roundabouts Project
The big project this year will be beautify the roundabouts at Weybridge station and outside Morrisons with support and permission of Elmbridge Borough Council and Surrey County Council.
I am very excited about these upcoming projects and would be eagerly awaiting your support for the above initiatives as well as for the volunteer roles above.
I look forward to hear from you.
07964 166 345
Plans & News Arising From Meeting – 2nd March 2019
Thanks to everyone who joined us at our inaugural meeting and official launch of Weybridge in Bloom. It was really pleasing to see so many of you and the energy you brought to the event. We really appreciate your inputs and will look forward to continue to work on your ideas that you put forth at the meeting. A few of the ideas are being shared here:
Suggestions for future events:
- Saturday is a preferred day for planning action days.
- Holding Weybridge Summer fayre, where kids can get involved and Weybridge allotment members can grow and sell their organic vegetables, fruits, jams and conserves.
- Run Garden based competitions such as Sunflower competition (for the tallest flower) and growing in the glass house etc.
- Work with Weybridge allotments to grow flower saplings from seeds for WiB to plant.
- Litter clearing should involve rowing clubs and should not be planned on 8th & 9th June as there is Regatta planned on both days
Suggestions for WiB Coverage and Publicity
- We should advertise and book a community stall for WiB in the Oatlands Village Fayre on 11th May 2019
- Clarify that WiB project is for Brooklands, Weybridge & Oatlands
- Green spaces Officer confirmed that the Green Infrastructure fund will be announced in summer
Suggestions for Places that can be potential sites for activities
- Grotto road and Monument Green requires urgent attention. Will check with Elmbridge Borough Council.
- Flower beds and flower displays in Church and listed buildings
- Entry to Weybridge (should have flowers by the fence as it highways lands it requires permission)
Date for your Diary: 12th May 2109 – Meadow Planting
at Churchfield Recreation Ground, Weybridge.
Flowerbed Design Competition
It was good to meet the winners of the ‘Flowerbed design competition’ and see the winning designs. And a big thank you to Cllr Mrs. Mary Sheldon, Deputy Mayor of Elmbridge, who graced the occasion and gave out the prizes to our winners.
Note: Photos of the winners and their designs can be seen here.
A Great Start
This is a start of a fabulous journey towards making a more greener, cleaner and brighter Weybridge and we will do our best to keep this engagement ongoing. So keep watching this space and feel free to reach out to us with your ideas and suggestions.
2018 Bulb Planting Event A Great Success
“It truly was a great turnout of enthusiastic gardeners, despite the gloomy and mildly wet weather. Their effort are sure to bring a dash of colour to our Weybridge during Spring season.
The children also had a fun time planting bulbs with their parents and worked as a team. Many people who attended registered to volunteer with Weybridge In Bloom. All in all the event was a resounding success and the silver lining was the support provided by the Morrisons team as they opened their cafeteria for the volunteers for hot drinks.
The horticulturist from green spaces team of Elmbridge Borough Council had supported the initiative by advising and contributing their time and gardening tools. They generously supported and provided Daffodil Bulbs for planting. The 3,000 bulbs planted should make a fantastic display as you approach the town centre.”
Charu Sood – Weybridge In Bloom Organiser
Charu Sood: 07964 166 345
Please mention the All About Weybridge website