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 which we were all very pleased with.

 

In 2019 we have once again entered the Village cateogry and also the Churchyard category additionally. We look forward to a colourful year ahead (and hopefully Silver!)

 

2018 Sunflower competition Results

 

We ran 2 competitions throughout the village in 2018, inclusing tallest sunflower and best display:

 

Holly French from The Hollow won the tallest sunflower competition with a flower that reached 2.74meters tall.

 

Best Display sunflower competition was judged by Jon fenton, head gardener at Smiths Hall and Lifeline columnist. Gabby King won the with her sunflowers all growing up the telegraph pole outside her house.

 

Both won trophies to keep and commemorate their fantastic achievements. 

Read more about our floral efforts in the community:

 

The churchyard is looking good

 

Flower Arrangers at All Saints

 

Monthly Litter Picking

 

All Saints Plant Sale (Coming Soon)

 

Smiths Hall NGS Open Day (Coming Soon)

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

 

 

 

2019 Campaign Underway

Posted on 19th February, 2019
Hopefully by the time you read this there will be evidence of the bulb planting we did last November and there will be daffodils galore in West Farleigh – and hopefully crocuses too (although there isn’t much sign of them yet!)
We were delighted to welcome 5 new members to our group this month when we met discuss our entry into this year’s South East in Bloom and what we could do to better our bronze award last year.
One of the areas we didn’t score very well in last year was ‘conservation and biodiversity’ and with this in mind we plan to turn the triangle at the top of Teston Lane (which is proving exceedingly difficult to cultivate) into a wildlife area. We already have the bug hotel there and you may have noticed the two bird boxes we now have. We are planning another clean up of the area this month and hope to promote more wildlife to the area, for example dormice and reptiles.
The parish council kindly donated some money towards planters on the village green which will be coming soon.
As we got a special mention at South East in Bloom for our sunflowers we would like to encourage everyone to get involved again this year. Judging this year of the tallest sunflower will be in August, a litte later this year to give our sunflowers a chance to grow another few inches. We are happy to provide sunflower seeds to anyone who is willing to grow them – please just let the editor know and we will be in touch.
We are very excited as this year we are entering the churchyard into the competition – so we might come away with two prizes!!
A couple of dates for your diaries:
  • Sunday 12 May – Church plant sale – we will be making an appearance to offer cream teas and selling sunflower plants as well as bird and bat boxes.
  • Sunday 16 June – Fathers Day - following our successful Fathers Day walk with refreshments en route last year, we are planning to repeat this – but with a scavenger hunt as well this year.
Our aim is to make the village bright and colourful and we are very grateful to those villagers who have put out planters and planted bulbs on grass verges.

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