Environmental Responsibility 

In early 2018 the Bloom committee agreed to the two main projects for this year: 
The Waitrose Woodland 
The Bloomers Allotment 

The Waitrose Woodland 

In April work began on removing the undergrowth, cutting down dead trees, removing saplings elder and sycamore trees, and raising the canopy on the remaining trees. Everything cut down was cut up further and kept to construct two bug sanctuaries on the site. The aim was to open up the area to dappled sunlight where woodland plants could survive. In May white foxgloves were planted among the existing cow parsley. Woodruff, bluebells and wood anemones were also planted. 

Moss Lane Community Orchard 

In May with the help of residents we began to identify an area on Moss Lane for wildlife where we can develop and promote a natural habitat. As in previous years any pernicious weeds are collected by Cheshire East Council. 

The Bloomers Allotment 

In April 2018 the Alderley Edge Allotment and Gardens Society gave us a plot at their Chorley Hall Lane site as part of their community involvement initiative and kindly waived fees for 18 months.  
The Bloomers committee accepted and agreed to the nomination of Val Owen, a Bloomer volunteer, as Allotment Coordinator and in the space of a few weeks with help from volunteers and the Allotment Society the plot had been dug over and weeded, raised beds put down potatoes, kale and other vegetables planted and a shed erected.  
There is the possibility of us acquiring a greenhouse. The committee agreed that the allotment should have two main purposes.  
Firstly the allotment should provide vegetables for the more needy members of the community and secondly it should contribute to our horticultural remit by providing sustainable planting for displays in the village. 
We are mindful that we need to create a distinct identity for the village and build on its special location, it's history, heritage and its attractiveness to weekend visitors. This has been the focus of much of the group's monthly meetings. 
We are lucky to have an environment generally free of graffiti, fly-posting and minimal fly-tipping. The group have frequent litter picks and monitor and report any problems to the Parish Council and Cheshire East. In April we worked with the Edge Association on a joint litter pick and lunch organised by the Edge Association. 
The group also work on cleaning village signs and the Bloomers have representation on a committee set up by the Parish Council with a remit of looking at ways in which better village signs could be introduced or replaced on approaches to the village. 
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