Triple Success for Chesham in Bloom

Volunteers Planting Bulbs

Above: Volunteers Planting bulbs

Chesham in Bloom were thrilled to scoop three awards at the Thames & Chilterns in Bloom Regional Awards ceremony for 2019. The team of green-fingered volunteers won a Silver Gilt award and were also crowned Best Large Town in the region.

After Royal Horticultural Society judges visited Chesham in July, the town was commended for its committed volunteers who “inspire others to have an involvement and take pride in their town for all to enjoy”. It may come as a surprise to some people to learn that the town is not just judged on its horticultural achievements; community involvement and care for the environment are also assessed – and it was for the latter that Chesham achieved the third prize. The town took a special award entitled “Water:  Too Much or Too Little”, reflecting all the hard work of many volunteers across town to care for the River Chess, a rare chalk stream suffering from drought and over-abstraction.

Dry river bed

Above: Dry bed of the River Chess in Meades Water Gardens

Brushwood School was inspected by the judges and achieved a Highly Commended status in the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Cup. Judges Julie Graham and Wayne Palmer said, “The pupils have a really impressive understanding of all matters to do with allotments, vegetable identification and how to manage them in the environment”.

The Chesham in Bloom team are now planning ahead for next year; bulbs are being ordered and working parties scheduled. The small team would love more hands-on volunteers. If you can spare some time, no matter how much or how little, please contact Kathryn Graves on policy@chesham.gov.uk or 01494 573798 to have a chat about helping out.

Even if you can’t physically get involved, you can still support Chesham in Bloom by becoming a member (membership cards available at the Town Hall for just £1 for a year) or you can buy a Chesham in Bloom calendar from JPS Stationers in Market Square for £7.