It's Your Neighbourhood
One of the best ways to get involved with Tameside in Bloom is to get together as a community and to enter the North West in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards.
An entry can be made by any group of people that undertake community gardening. You may be a street of terraced houses that have all planted window boxes and hanging baskets; or you may be a group that looks after a local park or green space.
Groups can enter the It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards in three different categories depending on the number of people in the group or area being entered.
- Small Neighbourhood up to 50 people
- Neighbourhood 51 to 250 people
- Large Neighbourhood more than 250 people
Entries are judged on Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement.
There are currently more than three hundred Neighbourhood entries in the North West. All these entries are invited to a gala awards event each year to receive their awards.
If you would like further information on entering the It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards please contact Tameside in Bloom for more information.
In 2009 eleven entries were submitted from groups based in Tameside. Three groups achieved Outstanding awards, five achieved Merit awards and three were noted as “Improvement”. Dixon Road Community Garden, Denton and Brushes Estate, Stalybridge were also awarded "Best in Category" in their respective sections.
More entries are planned for next year!
Below are some details of existing It’s Your Neighbourhood entries.
Central Estate, Dukinfield
The residents of Central Estate, Dukinfield have developed the ‘Central Bloomers’ greenhouse, a fantastic new facility run by volunteers which is available for local residents to use at no cost. They grow all their own hanging basket plants for the planting day from tiny plugs, which is great for the sustainability of In Bloom in the area. They are beginning to make the greenhouse into a social enterprise, as they have been selling plants to people from outside the area and also make wooden planters from recycled packing boxes. They involve the young people in the project via the Dream Scheme youth reward programme.
In addition to this, the group secured £12,000 to run basic gardening courses for people who are currently not economically active. To date fifteen students have accessed this course, many of whom are now going on to further training or volunteering. Three of the committee members are also close to completing their Level 2 Gardening Skills course, which will equip them with knowledge and confidence to make this project a success.
Residents across the estate continue to take pride in their gardens and walkways and look after the barrier baskets which were put in place in 2006. Central Residents’ Action Group continues to tackle issues affecting local people, particularly environmental issues such as dog fouling.
Brushes Estate, Stalybridge
Brushes Estate Management Board are dedicated to improving the area where they live. After receiving the Green Pennant award for Baileys Back, they have sought funding and in kind contributions from partners to develop the community area.
The group has:
- added gates to both entrances to Baileys Back using Community Safety funding.
- installed new play equipment including a climbing frame, soft flooring and slides. This was funded by Stalybridge District Assembly and Brushes EMB.
- repainted furniture.
- installed a hanging basket feature (courtesy of PG Fabrications Ltd and Tameside MBC)
- replanted 250 baskets on their community planting day
- replanted the raised islands on the highways
- repainted and replanted barrels
The children have helped to make artwork for the railings and a pets’ corner.
The group has also started work on the poly tunnel, funded by New Charter Housing Trust in recognition of the group’s Green Pennant status. The greenhouse will enable residents to propagate their own plants for future planting days. The group continues to run many seasonal community events such as Neighbours’ Day, Easter Event and clean-ups.
Dixon Road and Forrest Road Community Garden
The neighbours enjoy using their community space and watching the plants mature. They held a successful ‘Neighbours’ Day’ which brought the wider community into the garden. This attracted approximately 70 neighbours. They successfully raised funding from the Primary Care Trust to buy a greenhouse which is now sited at the back of the Forrest Road Community Centre. This new facility is being used by the residents to nurture their own plants for the garden, making the project more healthy and sustainable. New features to the garden include beds and borders and the development of a wildlife area. They have also replenished their window boxes with bedding plants so the bungalows now look blooming good at the front and back.
Friends of Crowswood Action Group, Stalybridge
The Crowswood Action Team has organised successful community planting days and clean ups involving all generations of residents. More residents have taken up the offer of having their own hanging baskets and exciting progress has been made with plans to provide a community garden space on the estate.
The Larches, Micklehurst Estate, Mossley
The residents have recently secured funding of £30,000 for a two year ‘Grow to Eat’ project. This will enable them to extend the tool bank as a facility for children, residents and community groups to use. The group ran a community planting day for the Larches and has tidied up a communal banking.
Broadoak in Bloom, Greenwood Avenue, Ashton
The group has organised many events to encourage community interest in the project. Work undertaken so far this year includes; fence painting, planting of large grass verges by local children, creation of a wildlife meadow and many clean ups and planting days.
East Audenshaw in Bloom
The group has had a community clean up day, planting day and are planning more community events and new planting features. One of the features will be on Stanhope Estate in the form of floral barrier baskets similar to Central Estate.
Harbour Farm Estate (Acresfield Rd), Hyde
The residents are very enthusiastic about In Bloom. Activities they have organised include; mosaic, paper craft and wicker workshops, community planting and tidying up of grot spots. In order to encourage more community involvement, they have set up a regular lunch club.
Yew Tree Community Garden, Denton
This newly formed group has helped to run a community clean up that benefitted 500 properties. They have tidied up the garden at Yew Tree community centre, they have enhanced Werneth Walk with hanging baskets, troughs and fence painting. Since being involved with In Bloom, the group has decided to become a constituted residents group. The community were brought closer together by a European Neighbours Day which involved the opening of a community bench for a resident who had passed away. Encouraged by the community efforts, Greater Manchester Police organised a community planting day for the whole of Haughton Green.
Alt Hill Residents' Association, Ashton
The Residents’ Association looks after Alt Hill Lane. They have planted English Bluebells in the hedgerows along the lane and have installed planters that the residents have made from fallen trees. The group has taken over a lay by that used to be simple a dirt patch and have created a garden complete with a Millennium Tree and a sculpture of a wood cutter. The group has also worked in partnership with a local farmer and has planted 400 trees in an area of land that is too wet to farm.