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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.

In 2020 we were so pleased to be awared a Silver Gilt.

 

Fingers crossed for 2021!

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

Kent's Plan Bee

 

Kent County Council are building pollinators into all their initiatives. More can be found out here

 

 

We are also joining the BBC's Big Bee Challenge to promote this in our environment too.

Village Entry 2021

 

Our presentation for West Farleigh in Bloom 2021, Village Entry.

 

To read our 2021 entry, please see 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 2021

 

Our presentation for West Farleigh in Bloom 2021, Churchyard Entry.

 

To read our 2021 entry, please see here:

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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July: Wilder Verge

Posted on 1st July, 2021
West Farleigh will be judged in this year's South East in Bloom competition in the morning of Tuesday 6th July. We have entered both the Village and the Churchyard categories again and hope to build on our Silver Gilt certificates achieved last year.
 
One of the areas on the route that we will show our judge, Nick Hagon, is the layby on Lower Road. The Bloom team have been working with Kent Wildlife Trust to manage the grass cutting of this verge in a more environmentally conscious schedule. Kent Wildlife Trust have designated 'Wilder Verges' around the county which contain threatened habitats or wildlife. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. 
 
In partnership with Kent Highways they will now designate this area to have a 'Conservation Cut'. This means it will be fully cut once in April and once in October, whilst the in between months will only be the edges to ensure good vehicle visibility and to ensure it looks cared for. We can see already wild annual flowers are growing and looking beautiful. Normally Kent Wildlife Trust give a signpost like the photo attached, however due to cost cuts we will have to make our own signage this year.
 
For more information on the Bloom project, please contact Bloom@TheFarleighs.co.uk

June 21: Blossom in the Orchard

Posted on 30th June, 2021
The cherry blossom is looking lovely and the good news is that our new saplings
behind the cricket pavilion are growing and have blossom on them too.
 
Thanks to all of you who contacted uabout your bee-attracting plants we are
still building our beeline so if you haven’t already, please let us know at bloom@thefarleighs.co.uk
 
Kent’s Plan Bee have published a guide to growing insect-friendly garden which may help with your planting:
  • Spring wallflowers, hawthorn, dandelion, sweet williams, aubretia, lungwort, sweet alyssum, cow parsley
  • Summerborage, fennel, lavender, rosemary, cornflower, honeysuckle, buddleia, poppy, brambles, cosmos, cow parsley, field scabious
  • Autumnheather, carrots, dahlia, mint, marjoram, yarrow, fennel, ivy, michaelmas daisy
 
Hopefully everyone has been busy planting their sunflowers too ……..
 
COMING SOON …. A new information board for the village watch this space

May: Bee attracting plants

Posted on 30th June, 2021
Isnt it lovely to see all the spring flowers and blossom? In particular we hope you are
enjoying the thousands of daffodils we have planted around the village.
 
We have now planted lavender and comfrey at the top of Kettle Lane to start our beeline
lets make it go through the whole of West Farleigh.
 
The top 10 plants to attract bees are:
Lavender - The trusty lavender plant is an all-time favourite for bees.
Blue Borage has been proven that honeybees are most attracted to blue borage flowers.
Marjoram is a herb popular amongst honeybees and other pollinators.
Abelia (Bee Bush) - its delicate white flowers are prominent from spring through to autumn and attract both honeybees and bumblebees.
Pussy Willow trees help feed queen bumblebees as they go on a hunt for new colonies in early spring. Thitree helps bees through pollen-scarce months of March and April.
Crocus flower tends to appear during autumn, winter or spring but its the spring crocus that bees are attracted to.
Lilac produces nectar, pollen and essential blossoms for bee pollinators. The flowers reproductive success results in a growing bee population. The flowers tends to blossom in the spring through to summer and entice bees with their brightly-coloured petals.
Foxgloves are said to be fluorescent at night, acting like a landing strip” for bees as they can see in ultraviolet light. The foxglove is one of the best early summer bloomers for bees.
Monarda (Bee Balm) is regularly recommended for bees and other pollinators as its a reliable garden plant.
Chives - in order to attract bees, chives need to flower. Chives are easy to grow and easy to maintain, providingbeautiful herb to use in your kitchen and helping to save bees at the same time.
 
Please let us know if you have any of these plants in your garden and where you live in the village so that we can draw lines and see how many we can join upbloom@thefarleighs.co.uk
 
And finally please start planting your sunflowers! We would like to keep up our reputation with South East in
Bloom as the village of sunflowers, and of course we will be round to find the tallest one in a few months’ time!
 
Thanks Bloomerssome lovely flowers on the Green

April 21: New Orchard

Posted on 30th June, 2021
You will recall reading Rays Farleigh Feathers article last year about the pear orchard betweeKettle Lane and Gallants Lane being grubbed out leading to the loss of winter habitat foScandinavian redwings and fieldfares and our native thrushes as well as for woodpeckerswrens and tits in the summer.
 
To try and encourage these birds back to West Farleigh, the village Bloom team have bought some fruit trees froKeepers Nursery and planted them in the field above the cricket club (thank you, landowner) where they can benjoyed by everyone as they watch the cricket or by those walking the footpath adjacent to it and hopefully bflocks of birds!!
 
We hope everyone is loving the abundance of snowdrops, crocus and daffodils around the village we cant wait tsee all the daffodils we planted along Lower Road, the start of Mill Lane, and around the cricket pitch gate at thbottom of Church Lane, as well as all the other bulbs on the Teston Lane Triangle and in the Churchyard.

Feb 21: Kent Plan Bee

Posted on 30th June, 2021

Some West Farleigh in Bloom member took part in an online seminar "Kent's Plan Bee Summit' recently. We learned about the decline of bees and other pollinators and ways in which we can help reverse this trend. This time of year is particularly difficult for bees as they still need flowers, leaves, longer grass, water and hedges to provide shelter. Plan Bee involves creating lines of trees, shrubs, areas of flower whch will attract bees and other pollinators. We wondered how we could contribure?

 

Could we build our own bee line in West Farleigh? In the cold and rain last week we began clearing a patch of verge at the top of Kettle Lane where we plan to create a lavendar bank. Whilst we wait for warmer weather to plant lavendar, we have put in some comfrey which the bees will love. We need you help to extend the bee line through the village please.

 

Please let us know on Bloom@TheFarleighs.co.uk whch bee attracting shrubs you have in your garden, and where you are, we can start plotting this information on a map. If you can think of any other areas of West Farleigh where we could plant some shrubs, please let us know!

Bulb Planting 2020

Posted on 30th June, 2021
As everyone is no doubt aware, life for bees and other pollinators is becoming quite grim
with loss of habitat and climate change. West Farleigh in Bloom are joining Kent's Plan Bee
to see what we can do in the village to build “bee lines” (areas of wildflower, longer grass,
hedging). The intention of Plan Bee is to build bee lines all over the country with the aim of
them joining up.
 
We are looking to plant some pear trees on the back of Ray’s article in last month’s Lifeline on the impact of losing the pear orchard in East Farleigh and also to encourage pollinators. There are ways we can all get involved - for example:
 
all-year round flowers - to provide suitable habitats for the 4 stages of
insect life and give nourishment and shelter in the winter as well
leave some piles of leaves for the winter
leave an area of long grass in your lawn
provide water
use containers and window boxes
dont use chemicals !
buy organic products to discourage the use of pesticides.
 
Looking forward to spring the team have been out bulb planting around the village and in the churchyard: 1650 assorted spring bulbs (iris reticulata, English bluebells, aconites, scillia, giant snowdrops) plus 25 kgs of tahiti daffodilsso fingers crossed for a fine display around the village. 

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.