The annual summer display of hanging baskets remains the Society’s most visible contribution to the enhancement of the village street scene. It attracts numerous compliments from local residents, businesses and visitors. We install and maintain over 50 baskets in the village centre, and the consistently high quality of the display is a credit to our main supplier Dovecote Nurseries in Burton.
The success of the hanging baskets was rewarded in 2016 when the Society won the cup for Best Neighbourhood in the North West in the ‘North West in Bloom’ competition run by Britain in Bloom. This was followed in 2017 when the Britain in Bloom judges awarded a Gold Medal in the Best Urban Community class, and in 2018 and 2019 we received yet more Gold Awards in the Village Category!
The installation of a fully automatic watering system throughout the village, with the welcome support of local businesses, has been a major step forward ensuring that we no longer have to depend on a small group of volunteers to maintain the baskets in good condition. Our thanks for the support and co-operation of the businesses who made this project possible by allowing us to connect the system to their water supply: Christine Lesley Hair Salon; Impressions printers; The Green Shop and Community Centre; The Courtyard and Cooke’s Garage.