West Farleigh in Bloom

 

Sunflower Competition!

  •  Tallest Sunflower – Who in West Farleigh can grow the tallest sunflower this summer? Please plant them in your front garden or bobbing over a garden wall. In July they will be judged for their height and a prize given for the tallest plant grown. Multiple entries per household welcome!
  • Best sunflower display – Sunflowers come in many varieties, not just the giant kind. We are sure that many smiles will be created when passing these potential displays. Judging will again occur in July.

 

West Farleigh in Bloom monthly blog

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July - Judging Day!

Posted on 16th July, 2018

On Tuesday 3rd July, West Farleigh was visited by Peter Mountford and Jim Buttress who judged our efforts for this years South and South East in Bloom competition. (Earlier in the summer they had been judging RHS Chelsea!)

 

We produced a presentation for them detailing our route round the village with pictures and updates to address each of their marking criteria. Starting at The Tickled Trout we stopped at focal points along the way to meet people who had contributed to the team effort. First up was the bench opposite Smiths Hall with their wonderful new planters. We informed the judges about the sunflower competition in the village and explained our planting theme at the public areas was to always try to include some sunflowers there as well. We visited the island at the bottom of Ewell Lane which 1 of our kind volunteers had mended after a vehicle had driven straight across it earlier in the spring. Next stop was the Green where we met another 4 villagers, then the telegraph pole support for multiple sunflowers and the bench by Dandelion Time. We admired the planters outside Oliver North House and met more fellow ‘Bloomers’ at the bottom of Charlton Lane where more planters have been cared for. Up to the junction with Kettle Lane and the welcome to West Farleigh signs that are underplanted on the grass with another contributor who was able to tell the judges what a team effort we have made. Our final stop was at the Church to admire the Little Angels toddler groups planting and the arrangements of flowers inside.

 

The criteria of judging is Horticultural, Environmental and Community, however we wont find out our result until September. We have had a core group of 14 people this year and I’m sure we will gain high marks in the community section. We would like to continue the group so if you have an interest to join us you are very welcome. It has been very enjoyable this year with many new friendships made.

 

Sunflower Update: Tallest sunflower measurements have now happened. Best display will be judged on 26th July by the LifeLine ‘this month in the garden’ editor, Jon Fenlon. All winners to be announced after that date.

My goodness what a great day we had. With 4 refreshment stops around the village and walkers and cylists stopping off to see us we had alot of fun and raised an hugely impressive £227 for planting around the village. Our 'The Farleighs' Facebook events, Village email advertising and door to door mail dropped worked superbly!

 

There were cakes on the Green in the gazebo:

ramblers stop on the green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jill, Brian, Claudia, Lesley, Terry, Cathryn & Sebastian

 

and hot drinks, tables and more cakes at Jackie & Simon's house near the church:

 

and further temptation in the form of 2 honesty boxes for biscuits at the bottom of Kettle Lane and near the Tickled Trout:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you to everyone for such a great team effort. 

June - Ramble with Refreshments!

Posted on 4th June, 2018

What’s the idea….

 

We are hoping to raise money for permanent planting in our beautiful village of West Farleigh.

 

The village has entered the competition for 2018, but we still need to raise some money for plants for now and to keep it going into the future.

 

This walk is designed to show what we have already planted. It won’t take long to walk the marked out yellow route. There are 4 snack and refreshment points en-route with home made cakes & biscuits, Tea/Coffee and we’d appreciate your help by means of a small donation and do hope you’ll enjoy the walk around our village!

 

We hope to see many of you on 17th June 2018  (Father’s Day) any time between 10am and 1pm.

 

May - visit from Kent Wildlife Trust

Posted on 31st May, 2018

In early May, Kent Wildlife Trust were invited to West Farleigh to discuss ideas to promote animals, birds and insects and make the village more environmentally friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their 2 main suggestions included:

1. Focusing on Quarry Wood which is already a managed reserve, to ensure there are routes for wildlife from here to the River Medway. The suggestions they made were to use Ewell stream and Kettle Lane as this linked well and made a triangluar route.

2. They promote Verge Nature Reserves and suggested that the boarder of the Village Green could be wild flowers, just being cut twice a year. The grass cuttings could be given to Dandelion Time in the village who keep goats for extra feed and if cut just round its borders to ensure it is neat with a path through the middle it would be attractive as well.Suggesting seeing what comes up naturally year one and then adding seeds to it if needed going forward.

 

As we walked through the village they highlighted the wild array of natural beauty we are lucky enough to already have on our doorstep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Working Party

Posted on 23rd April, 2018

Sunday afternoon on April 22nd saw our working party target the Triangle at the corner of Lower Road and Teston Road. Luckily the land owner had kindly helped us out by clearing the brambles and generally tidying up the area ahead of our efforts to add some colour interest, as for many, be it residents or passing traffic this is the first area of the village they approach.

 

Our goal was to make the area more welcoming and interesting without being too distracting to drivers and to ensure we kept a clear line of vision all both directions. Being a site of past accidents we were cognisent not to offer more distraction!

 

We met at the house of the Rattens who kindly offered their driveway to help us bring a van with spades, forks and refreshements in. Fellow residents dug up snowdrops and bluebells in the green from their own gardens, bourght along summer bulbs and got to work picking up litter, large fallen wood debris and clearing soil for planting. Much to our surprise the soil was rich and very good for planting despite the shade from the tree canopy above.

 

Refreshments of homemade shortbread and tea had been arranged and neighbours came over to say hello and offer encourement too. We were pleased with our start and look forward to seeing the flowers grow. Our next working party is on Sunday 20th May. Should anyone want to come along you would be very welcome to join us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April: Teston Lane Triangle

Posted on 21st April, 2018

On Friday 20th April Monty Don suggested that his Gardener's World viewers plant their sunflower seedlings this weekend. We whole heartedly agree! There seems to be quite a buzz in the village already around the Sunflower competition, however as a reminder - Tallest Sunflower competition in your front gardens as well as best Sunflower display visible to the road with judging this July. 

 

Please do fill out the below entry form so we know who is entering. If its possible to email it to editor@thefarleighs.co.uk or else drop the entry into The Good Intent pub on the green for us to collect:

 

Name.........................................
Address.........................................
Age Range

 Under 18

19 - 35

36 - 70

71+

 

There are many ideas forming to add colour and support wildlife in West Farleigh. On Sunday 22nd April a working party is focusing their attention on the triangle that adjoins Lower Road up from Teston Bridge with the aim to add some colour. On Thursday 26th April Kent Wildlife Trust are visiting the village to look at the possibility of Roadside Nature Reserves and to give a tour of Quarry Wood. In the mean time BBC2 are also showcasing the Britain in Bloom competition at 6:30 in the evenings that may give us all some ideas as well.

 

 

Mar: Sunflower Competition

Posted on 10th March, 2018

This year West Farleigh has entered the South & South East in Bloom competition in the Village category. However large or small your inclusion in this event we want everyone to have fun and create a colourful impact for our neighbours, visitors and through traffic to enjoy. Therefore this spring we are launching 2 Sunflower growing competitions which we very much hope as many houses will join in as possible:

  • Tallest Sunflower – Who in West Farleigh can grow the tallest sunflower this summer? Please plant them in your front garden or bobbing over a garden wall. In July they will be judged for their height and a prize given for the tallest plant grown. Multiple entries per household welcome!
  • Best sunflower display – Sunflowers come in many varieties, not just the giant kind. We are sure that many smiles will be created when passing these potential displays. Judging will again occur in July.

As we will hopefully have lots of sunflowers in the village this summer, if anyone has any good recipes that use this sunny ingrediant please do share them with editor@thefarleighs.com.  Please do join in our efforts.

 

Another progress report from West Farleigh in Bloom will be available next month in LifeLine as well as updates on our Facebook page too.

 

2 links for sunflower ideas below:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities/grow-it/grow/sunflower

http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Flower+Seeds/Popular+Flower+Seeds/Sunflower+Seeds/list.htm?pl=2147483647

Feb: What we will be judged on

Posted on 10th March, 2018

The West Farleigh in Bloom initiative for 2018 has attracted a great deal of interest with 13 people keen to get involved to date – more are always welcome (email editor@thefarleighs.com).

 

We have entered the South and South East in Bloom ‘Village’ category and are to expect a visit from the judges in July this year.

  • The judges will be looking for horticultural impact (design, colour, appropriate choice of plants) and horticultural practice (cultivation, maintenance, sustainability, new planting) in residential and community areas. These could be Church grounds, car parks, rural businesses such as pubs and green spaces such as verges, parks and open spaces.
  • The competition also aims for Environmental responsibility so wildlife areas, natural habitat, local heritage, litter, dog fouling and ensuring there is pride in the landscape.
  • Finally Community Participation, engaging a wide range of people, awareness and understanding, engagement with young people and other community groups and press coverage.

Jan: Will you join us?

Posted on 10th March, 2018

We are fortunate enough that West Farleigh is a very beautiful place to live and there is a strong community of friendly residents. So we wondered if it was possible to make it even better for everyone?

 

There is interest in entering the Britain in Bloom competition; to plant flowers in public areas, encourage wildlife, be more sustainable and have fun as a community. Are you interested to participate?

 

We are looking for people to help design a plan, who have an interest in the outdoors - be it wildlife or plants. Maybe a green gym is more appealing than a traditional gym for exercise? Perhaps you are good at baking cakes to keep the moral up?! We are keen to hear from anyone, not just existing keen gardeners (though those are definitely needed too please)

 

Please indicate your interest here or send an email to: editor@thefarleighs.co.uk

 

Thank-you