Malvern in Bloom

27/07/2022 ; News ; Uncategorised

Everybody pulled out all the stops to impress the Heart of England in Bloom judges when they came to Malvern on Friday 22 July.  The judges were given a grand tour of the town, taking in Rosebank Gardens, Priory Park, Malvern Library, Malvern Cube, Barnards Green, Great Malvern Cemetery and other areas, and witnessed just how beautiful everywhere looks.  Despite the challenging weather experienced this year, Malvern continues to bloom and looks as verdant and pleasant as ever.

Visitors from far and wide are drawn to Malvern by its rich culture and history and are charmed by its setting against the Malvern Hills.  Many comment on the hanging baskets and planters around the town centres which provide a colourful embellishment along the roadsides.

Last year, the town’s entry into Malvern in Bloom was judged on a portfolio only, as some covid restrictions continued.  This year then, it was good to have the judges back in the town so that they could experience first-hand the wonderful results of everyone’s hard work.

Whilst Malvern in Bloom is about horticultural achievements and the local environment, it is also very much about pride of place and community participation.  The judges were able to meet with volunteers from Malvern’s Men’s Shed, voluntary gardeners from both Rosebank Gardens and Malvern Library and representatives from the local spa association who organise the well dressing festival.

Thank you to the many people and partner organisations who contributed to the day and helped to get the town looking at its best. 

The awards ceremony takes place in mid-September when hopefully Malvern will once again be presented with a gold medal.

The Mayor of Malvern, Cllr Nick Houghton thanked everyone who had helped make the day a success: “A big thank you to the MTC operations team and the office staff for once again showing Malvern in its best light.  The town looked fantastic despite the mini heatwave’s best efforts.  Everyone has worked so hard and of course this year sees the Council using peat-free compost where possible.

I had the pleasure of meeting the judges from the Bloom competition and learnt a huge amount about the event and the judging criteria.  Malvern Town Council encourages where possible community involvement and this was very evident as the judges walked around the town.

Of course, a big thank you to our partners, Malvern Hills District Council and the Malvern Hills Trust as it was very much a team effort;  all the volunteers who put in so many hours’ work, and lastly the Men’s Shed from Community Action for making some great bug boxes.  We were able to run a “decorate a bug box” competition and had some wonderful entries from local schools and organisations – look carefully when you walk round some of our parks and gardens and you might see some insects in residence in them.”

l-r: Cllr David Watkins, Link Ward; Linda Blake, Town Clerk; Lyndsey Davies, Events Manager; Cllr Nick Houghton, Mayor of Malvern; Mr David Pritchard, Malvern in Bloom judge; Cllr Cynthia Palmer, Priory Ward; Mrs Lesley Pritchard, Malvern in Bloom judge; Charles Porter, Operations Manager