Lakeside Copse

Name for Lakeside Copse

Nantwich in Bloom have continued working in the town during the pandemic to ensure it looks as attractive as ever.  One project they have embarked on over the past few months has been the planting of some tree saplings at the lake.

In autumn 2020 Doug Butterill, ex Chair of Nantwich in Bloom, suggested that some self-sown tree saplings could be removed from Coed Wen and replanted by Nantwich Lake as a commemorative copse.

Following agreement with Cheshire East of the proposed location, Nantwich in Bloom volunteers met at Coed Wen and dug up 22 self-sown tree saplings.  A mix of native trees including oak, rowan, cherry and hazel were removed and have been replanted make a small copse, in an area next to two existing alder trees adjacent to the lakeside footpath.

Some of these saplings have established and now the team would like this area to become a commemorate copse for all those who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Further saplings will be planted next winter.

Nantwich In Bloom are now calling for residents to name the copse.  If you have any ideas please submit them to ntc.marketing@nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Nantwich In Bloom create a Guardian Angel

During the past few months Nantwich In Bloom volunteers have been working hard, within Government social distancing and lockdown restriction guidelines to keep our town looking bright and cheerful and attractive to those frequenting it.

The past few weeks have involved the striping back of the summer bedding and the team are delighted to unveil a Guardian Angel in the main bed in the town centre.

The idea was brainchild of Gina Haigh, a member of Nantwich In Bloom, who thought of the clever planting scheme when she spotted silver leaves moving whilst working in the town.  She commented: “This year has been a difficult year for many and seeing the silver leaves move I thought a Guardian Angel was what is needed in these uncertain times.”

A party of Nantwich in Bloom volunteers took to the bed in the square and inspired by Gina’s design created the Guardian Angel, which carries through the silver-grey theme, a design which sparkles in the sun.

As the plants grow and mature, white, yellow, and blue flowers will unfold to enhance the display.  A wicker halo entwined with fruiting Ivy draws the eye towards the shaped wire head of the angel then sweeps down through the gown to the wings which are outlined with sparkling wire feathery shapes.

The team hope that those exercising around the town will take some comfort and hope from the display.

Nantwich Is Bloomin Marvellous

Nantwich has, for the ninth year running has secured a Gold Award at the North West in Bloom Awards Ceremony in Southport.

This is a tremendous accolade for the town, and all those who work so hard throughout the year including our team of volunteers, as well as the continuing efforts of ANSA.  Thanks must also go to the litter group who work so hard to ensure our town is litter free.

Sue Hughes Of Nantwich In Bloom Collecting Her Award

Outstanding Contribution

When North West in Bloom judges visit Nantwich they don’t just meet members of Nantwich in Bloom but of course see the results of work done by other members of the wider ‘Nantwich ‘ community, Town Council members and staff, Ansa grounds maintenance employees, Cheshire East staff involved in street cleaning, recycling and litter picking, Nantwich Litter pickers, Nantwich Museum, Civic Society, Green spaces and Nantwich Churches. Congratulations and thanks must be given to them too. All willingly support Nantwich in Bloom not just on judging day but throughout the year.

A tremendous amount of organisation has to be done to enable all these projects to come together and run smoothly.  We would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution given to Nantwich in Bloom by Sue Hughes, who retired as Secretary in April after 10 years of committed support. Sue continues on the committee, thank goodness, to offer help and advice to the new officers. Her work was also recognised by the North West in Bloom judges, as when we went to the presentation of Awards in Southport in November, Sue was given the 2019 North West in Bloom Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’.

Doug Butterill Receiving An Award

Lifetime Achievement

Another Award was collected from the North West in Bloom Awards ceremony in Southport on behalf of someone who should have been there to receive it himself.

This is the North West in Bloom Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement given to Doug Butterill. We were so sorry that he was unable to attend the ceremony to collect this award personally so asked the Mayor of Nantwich to present instead.

Doug has been involved with Britain in Bloom since 1979, so that is 40 years of promoting ‘bloom’ in Nantwich and encouraging others to join him. He was Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom for many years. Latterly he has worked with primary schools, Rotary and Greenspaces primarily in Coed Wen and on Nantwich Riverside planting bulbs and wildflowers and creating a legacy for future generations to enjoy. Nantwich has benefitted greatly from all his work. Many congratulations Doug.

Join Nantwich In Bloom

We urgently need more volunteers – just for an hour or two at irregular intervals to join the team and keep our town displays colourful and interesting.

It’s a friendly team – come and join us – visit our contact page for more information.