History of North Walsham in Bloom
In 1996 the Town Association was formed and from this it was decided to enter the town in the Town in Bloom Competition. So North Walsham in Bloom was formed.
A Floral Train was the first thing to be accomplished, and this was placed on the grass verge on the Norwich Road, where our Boat now stands. To comply with the Town in Bloom competition conditions it was necessary to produce portfolios, these were compiled from photos taken by the members. Over the years we have won numerous accolades for our efforts including Bronze, Silver and Silver Gilt awards. However, a few years ago the criteria for awarding points was changed and significant points were docked if the Judges saw any litter etc. We also lost points for large bottle and clothing banks etc that were not landscaped as well as derelict building sites. At the time the town had several derelict sites and we were unable to find a route around the town without going past at least one of them. At the same time Anglia in Bloom raised the entry fees and expected all participates to sell quite a lot of raffle tickets as they had lost their sponsorship from Rail Track. So, it was decided to change the way we looked at In Bloom and moved direction from making the town look really good for judging day and concentrate our efforts on making the town look good all the year round, and duly left the competition.
One of our Committee members in the early stages of the organisation persuaded the Landlord of the Bluebell Public House to use some of the money he raised from his quiz nights for our funds. The quiz was initially set up to provide money for the Christmas Lights Appeal, and once enough money had been raised for them, it was decided to keep them going and raise money for us as well. These quizzes are on going and have over the years raised money for lots of local good causes as well as In Bloom.
The Town Council was then persuaded to support our efforts with a grant and the whole thing took off. In the early stages our efforts were very experimental and at times very time consuming. We had the use of some out of town greenhouses and for a while we planted our own hanging baskets and raised all our own bedding this became unviable as we started to get bigger and the plants needed a lot of attention not to mention watering. It was then decided to try for other sponsorship around the Town, and this together with our Town Collection and two Coffee Mornings a year now provide our funds for the year. We are not a cheap organisation to run, as we have to pay our watering contractor who uses our own water bowser, and third-party liability insurance as well as buying all the plants we use.
We now have eight large beds, nine towers and more than two dozen tubs
What a long way we have come.