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West Farleigh in Bloom

 

 

West Farleigh in Bloom

 

West Farleigh entered the Village category of South and South East in Bloom for the first time in 2018 and we received a Bronze certificate. In 2019 we entered both the Village category and also the Churchyard category. In both we reached Silver medals.

 

We are entering the same 2 categories again in 2020 and are still aiming to better ourselves, at least a Silver Gilt this year!

Kent Wildlife Trust

 

We liaise with the local Kent Wildlife Trust alot in our efforts to support the environment in our village.

 

We have worked together to designate a large green expance managed by the Highways agency as a 'Wilder Verge'

They are also promoting Wild About Gardens which we are embracing. More can be found out here

Village Entry 2020 

 

Due to Covid-19, the competition this year is being judged remotely by a powerpoint presentation on our efforts rather than a face to face visit by the judges.

 

To read our 2020 entry please see here:

Village Entry 2019 

 

The judges visited West Farleigh on 4th July 2019 to see and access our efforts. They were given a presentation ahead of their visit which is attached below.

 

To read our 2019 entry please see here:

Read more about our floral efforts in the community:

 

Flower Arrangers at All Saints

 

Monthly Litter Picking

 

 

Churchyard Entry 2020

 

Due to Covid-19, the competition this year is being judged remotely by a powerpoint presentation on our efforts rather than a face to face visit by the judges.

 

To read our entry please see below:

Churchyard Entry 2019

 

The judges visited West Farleigh on 4th July 2019 to see and access our efforts. They were given a presentation ahead of their visit which is attached below.

 

To read our 2019 entry please see here:

Read our Monthly blog about birds, animals and wildlife in West Farleigh by local resident Ray Morris.  Farleigh Feathers 

Read our Monthly blog about gardening by professional gardener Jon Fenlon.

This Month in the Garden

 

 

 

West Farleigh in Bloom monthly blog

Read through my latest blog posts and feel free to comment on them if you like.

 

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September: The Results are in!

Posted on 21st September, 2020

We are thrilled to annouce that both our categories entered this year in the South & South East in Bloom awards have achieved a Silver Gilt. These are improvements on our Bronze in 2018 and our Silver in 2019. It's a big ask to achieve Gold but we have our sights set high.

 

           

 

 

July:Are your sunflowers a winner?

Posted on 4th August, 2020
How are your sunflowers doing? One of the West Farleigh in Bloom’s team’s sunflowers havalready reached 4 and the ones at St Helens Corner look like they can challenge that. Thjudges will be out with their measuring stick oSaturday 15 August if your sunflowers are novisible from the road please email uat bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk so that we dont
miss you.
We are busy preparing our submission for SoutEast in Bloom which will be electronic this
year. One of the criteria is to show what we havdone during Lockdown. Apart from the bee and butterfly projects we have devised for children iWest Farleigh and at East Farleigh School, we have been posting photographs of flowers around the villagon the Farleighs Facebook page for those who have not been going out. 
If you have enjoyed these please let the judges know bemailing Bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk and help us in our mission to improve on our silver award last year by winning silver gilt this year!
Its lovely walking around the village looking at all the beautiful gardens everyone has clearly been working hard during Lockdown. The wild flowers are also looking stunning at the moment. We have loved seeing all the amazing scarecrows in Charlton Lane thank you to you all for making us smile!
Hopefully your sunflowers are growing rapidly in all this sunshine! The West Farleigh in Bloom team’s sunflowers range from a couple of centimetres to 33 cms tallbut a little bird tells us that Matt and Carol’s in Charlton Lane are already a couple of feet tall!! Game on!!
We hope all of you who are still self-isolating are enjoying our photos on the Farleighs Facebook page we would love to see more of your photos if you would kindly send them to Bloom@TheFarleighs.co.uk

May: 2020 Entry

Posted on 4th August, 2020
The good news is that South East in Bloom will still go ahead this year but all entries will need to be submitted for judging as Powerpoint. There is going to be a special award to the group or community who have been the most innovative under the current circumstances. To this end we hope you have been enjoying our daily photos on the Farleighs Facebook page showcasing the lovely spring flowers around the village – particularly for those who are self-isolating at home and missing it all. If you have enjoyed seeing the photos we would really appreciate if you could let us know by emailing bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk for us to submit to the judges. The favourite one so far. which is on the front cover, got 71 likes. 
We also posted an idea for making a bee home for children to do at home. If you have made oneplease let us knowor if you would like to make one for our designated wildlife area at the top of Teston Lane that would be fantastic. You can find instructions on Utube “Eco How: How to makebeehome”.
One of our villagers has been volunteering for the Bloom team as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award and has been working hard on clearing areas of the wildlife area and planting some flowers for which we are very grateful.

April: Spring has Sprung

Posted on 4th August, 2020
Spring has truly sprung around the village with oudaffodils a sight to behold; whats really lovely is that they haven't all come out at once so shoullast for a couple of more weeks yet.
We appreciate that there will be many of you nogoing out at the moment and therefore unable tsee them so we are going to upload photographto the Farleighs website and to Facebook whicwe will update regularly.
If anyone would like to share photos of spring flowers in their gardefor us to share with all our neighbours please email theto bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk - or if you are unable to do this contacus and we will come and do it for you.
In the meantime - stay safe everyone x

For all the households that are self-isolating or social distancing we thought it would be enjoyable to post pictures of the spring bulbs around our village to enjoy remotely. Please let us know if you enjoy them or have any future ideas. We shall be posting these on our facebook page as well.

 

Stay Healthy,

The West Farleigh in Bloom team

 

 

 

Feb: Grow Social

Posted on 5th March, 2020

With the days getting longer we can start to look forward to Spring – and having planted 1500 bulbs in September last year around the village we cant wait for them to come into flower. 

 

This year, with the help of Kent Wildlife, we want to focus on wild life / wild flower verges around the village.  Kent Wildlife Trust have offered to do a talk for any interested villagers on “Gardening for Wildlife” and we hope to be able to publish a date for this soon.

 

We will also be providing splashes of colours around the village with our planters – and will of course be encouraging everyone to keep our sunflower theme going.   Did you know that sunflowers are team players?  Research suggests they co-operate with neighbouring plants to share fertile patches of soil – sending out fewer roots.

 

We are always open to new ideas – please contact us via bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk

Jan: 2020 Entries

Posted on 5th March, 2020

South and South East in Bloom Competition & the West Farleigh Bloomers!

 

The ‘West Farleigh in Bloom’ team has entered the 2020 contest once again, in both the Village and Churchyard categories. As you will remember we won Silver medals in both categories last year, so this year our sights are set on ‘Silver Gilt’. Judging is in July so we are really hoping to capitalise on our efforts in the coming months.

Plans we have for spring include, a wildlife walk to analyse what wildflowers our village environment naturally supports, we additionally have wildflower plugs being grown which we will add to areas such as the Ewell Lane triangle, and of course we will also run the tallest sunflower competition again this year. We now have planters at all the road names signs, all with hand carved wooden sunflowers on to brighten them up. If you have further ideas please do email us at Bloom@TheFarleighs.co.uk

We have identified the 2 war graves in the Churchyard at All Saints, those of Captain Fletcher and Bertram Lamy. Those graves already have bare soil in front of them and so our aim is to plant those up with red poppies. 

 

It is very good news to hear that East Farleigh School now runs a Gardening club for its pupils. Both WF In Bloom and the school club aim to enhance the natural environment, increase horticulture and participate more in the community.

 

Our next meeting is at the Good Intent pub on Wednesday 19th Feb at 7:30. Everyone is welcome, please do come along and join us.

December: 50kg of Daffofils

Posted on 29th November, 2019

You may have spotted the team out and about planting a massive 50 kgs of bulbs for the spring – mainly daffodils along grass verges - but in the Teston Lane Triangle there are snowdrops, tulips and British bluebells as well – something to look forward to in 2020! We are still looking for somewhere to plant fruit trees – if anyone can think of a place where they could be enjoyed by all our villagers please let us know at bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk

 

Finally, someone clearly liked our lovely wooden sign at the bottom of Charlton Lane which disappeared a couple of months ago – but re-appeared at the Detling Antiques Fair last weekend as a garden table!!!

November: Goulston Bungalows

Posted on 29th November, 2019

The West Farleigh in Bloom team have been hard at work over the past month in preparation for next year’s competition. With 2 silver medals this year our hopes of further success are high in 2020. At the start of the month we worked on the triangle at the bottom of Ewell Lane. A new planter underneath the road sign was filled with Skimmia and ornamental grasses and the middle section dug over in preparation for wild flowers. The area does look much neater, however a car has already driven right across it. This is a regular occurrence but we will keep on trying. We also had a working party on the bank next to Goulston bungalows that leads down to the Hollow. It was thoroughly weeded and planted up with daffodils for spring. We would like to add some shrubs there too for all yearround interest. At the same time, we planted many more daffodils by the bus stop and around the village noticeboard. We look forward to the colour these will bring next year. Both the bank by Goulston Bungalows and the Daffodil planting round the bus stop and notice board were ideas sent us to by neighbours in the village. If anyone else has any ideas for us please do let us know via the email address 'Bloom@TheFarleighs.co.uk'. We would especially like to plant some fruit trees but would appreciate suggestions where! To keep up to date with our progress do 'like' TheFarleighs on Facebook where we always post pictures and progress updates. The next meeting is at 7:30pm on 30th October at the Good Intent. Please do come along and join us