Tutbury in Bloom 2016

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So to sum up a busy year, we met Mike Garwood (Judge) in January and discussions took place on how to improve our results. Members attended the In Bloom Seminar in March with the theme of wild flowers. Tutbury in Bloom had applied for free wild flower seeds, these were used as our Launch on 20th April with Richard Wakefield Green Team and good press coverage. The Civic Society again sponsored the Team by paying for the entrance fee.

The Team agreed the route and have to thank the Gardening Club for their sponsorship of the Hanging Basket Competition.

Chairman and Sue Norris met up with ESBC officers in June to look round village and agree on which areas needed to be tidied up.  The banners ordered, Stephen Smith agreed to sponsor them. A hanging basket competition was organised, ESBC printed all the notices and flyers, we need to thank Janice for all her hard work; judging took place on a very wet Friday 13th  July, by the Mayor.

Litter pick took place on Saturday and Sunday before Judges came on a very wet Monday 16th July.  Judging Day went very well, judges seem to like our presentation and must thank Sue Norris for all the work she and Phil put in on the Portfolio. Time well spent in the Church (in the dry) with presentations by Rick and Jane Nuth on the War Memorial and Phil Norris on Tutbury Eco Power. We were lucky again with the sponsorship by Dog and Partridge for the refreshments and Trent and Dove with supplying mini-bus and driver. ESBC had come up trumps on 13th July with their last minute tidy up.

Members attended the In Bloom Awards Ceremony in Kings Heath. Again awarded a Silver Gilt, points now 164, previous 151.

Joint bulb planting organised with Civic Society on 27th October went very well with 50 kilo bulbs donated by ESBC, good publicity. 10th November saw us planting over 100 trees at Tutbury Mill Site, obtained from Woodland Trust. Chairman and Sue Norris managed to get free tree guards, stakes etc. A further successful  litter pick held on 2nd December. We now have 25 high viz vests thanks to a WASP grant, and Malcolm from Residents Association has obtained litter pickers.

It must clearly be noted that this group has managed this very successful year with NO MONEY. Serious consideration must be given to fundraising for us to function in the future.

Team must also consider future of entering Tutbury in further years and make up of Tutbury Team with current Chairman needing to step down.

Liz Staples


After the success of entering Tutbury into the Heart of England Campaign in 2011 with a very few individuals and the help of the Borough Council, which resulted in a very unexpected Silver Gilt, the few members involved agreed to take the next step, form a Campaign Team and go it alone.

The first meeting was held on 12th December 2011, seven  interested members of the public turned up with two apologies and agreed to formally constitute a campaign team and enter Tutbury again in 2012. Regular monthly meetings have been held at the Institute since then.

Chairman’s Report January 2013

This page last updated 17 August, 2016