The Bloom Diary & News-  Growing Pride in our Village! 

 
 
Sunday, 29th December 2019 
A post Christmas RAMBLE &LITTER PICK on The Edge - more details to follow. 
 
Wednesday 4th December 2019 
CHRISTMAS DINNER 7:30pm 
At Gusto, London Road, Alderley Edge.  
Contact Christine Munro for details  
 
 
 
Friday 6th December 2019 
 
Fundraiser WINE TASTING at Laithwaites. Tickets £15 each. 
Contact Kelvin Briggs for tickets 
call 07825 213205 or email:- 
kelvinbriggs@btconnect.com 
 
NOW SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
Wednesday, 27th November 2019 
LITTER PICK 
2pm, meet by Barclays Bank 
Picking the block defined by London Road to South Street, West Street to George Street and intermediate streets. 
 
Sunday, 24th November 2019 
LITTER PICK, 11:00 
Meet The Merlin Car Park , Wilmslow road. 
Picking Wilmslow Road beteen Horse shoe Lane and the roundabout ( with the bypass) to remove large items. 
 
Sunday, 10th November 2019 
LITTER PICK the Rememberance Sunday Parade route. 
Meet 10:30am at the Festival Hall 
 
Sunday, 3rd November 2019 
LITTER PICK on the Bollin Fields Estate. 
Meet 10:30am at Wood Gardens 
 
 
Friday, 1st November 2019 
 
The North West In Bloom AWARDS CEREMONY at Southport. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Group meetings- Growing Pride in our Village! 

Our Alderley Edge in Bloom Diary. The group meets every Thursday/Friday throughout the year. Click the months above to go to each section. 
 
 

January 2019 

Project 'Bramble Bank' started at the Chorley Hall Lane playing field boundary with the road. Judy Turner leading volunteers and local neighbours with the clearance of brambles and removal of litter and fly tipped rubble and bricks from the steep bank. tress have been pruned and bulbs planted at the bottom of the bank.  
 
Volunteers planted bulbs generously donated by Notcutts, Woodford Park Garden Centre at Bramble Bank, Chorley Hall Lane, Wilmslow Road, Top of Brook Lane, The Waitrose Woodland, corner of Davey Lane and Lynton Lane, The Station Car Park, Windermere Drive and working in partnership with the Parish cuncil at Wood Gardens. 
 
Planted early Spring blooms including iris reticula, crocus, small daffodils, muscari, scilla, chionodoxa, erythronium revolution in troughs and planters in the village. Once again we are aware that our late planting was not ideal for many plants but we were hoping for a 70 percent success rate. 
 
We planted similar coloured flowers in clumps and this proved very effective in previous years on the verges of the main road between the village and Wilmslow where tulips gave a colourful display for 5-6 weeks, and on the park steps where the display of hyacinth was well-received by residents. 
 
Similarly most of the daffodil bulbs planted produced an attractive display of blossoms. The late planting did mean we were less successful with the erythronium revolutum.  
 
Bulb planting throughout the month from a generous donation from Notcutts Garden Centre. The group planted almost 10,000 bulbs 
 

February 2019 

Weekly litter-pick continued throughout the month. 
 
Decision of committee to participate in the 'Keep Britain Tidy' Great Spring Clean in April, start of planning. 
 
Cleared the bank along the football field on Chorley Hall Lane of brambles, litter and debris. Adopted this as a new group project and known as Bramble Bank. 
 
Clearance work on the large grass verge along Wilmslow Road close to the junction with Brook Lane began. Bushes were trimmed, sycamore saplings cut down and debris removed. 
 
The Waitrose Woodland was cleared of branches ready for the planting of wildflower seeds in spring. 

March 2019 

Weekly litter-pick continued throughout the month. 
 
Moved the lollipop laurels with damaged containers and replanted them at the station garden. 
 
Met with some members of the Parish Council and residents at Wood Gardens to look at how to involve the community in improving the area. It was agreed to make a start by relocating the remaining 6 box balls to the area. 
 

April 2019 

Weekly litter pick in the village centre and main roads into the village 
Given the use of a large greenhouse on the allotments until September and possibly longer 
Planted allotment with potatoes, beans, sweetcorn, squash, cabbage and onions 
Continued to clear and weed Ivygate 
Continued to remove pernicious weeds such as brambles and bindweed from Bramble Bank 
With local residents cleared beds at Wood Gardens in preparation for planting 
Great British Spring Clean 2019 (Keep Britain Tidy) litter pick in the park with Bloomers and volunteers 
A resident, Bruce Woollen donated 12 salvias including Hot Lips, Peach Parfait, Flower Child, Neon, Icing Sugar, Lara, Christine Yeo, Trennance and Cherry Pie and 50 Salvia Snow Nymph and Northern Lights seedlings. Erigeron Karvinskianthus and Hydrangea were also donated 
Great British Spring Clean 2019 (Keep Britain Tidy) litter pick on the A34 bypass with Bloomers and volunteers 
"Granted permission by Waitrose to plant the steel fencing with climbing plants. Bought climbing roses Madame Alfred Carriere, David Austin Spirit of Freedom and Dancing Queen, two Daniel Deronda clematis and two passion flowers, Constance Elliot" 
Weeded and then planted lychnis alba, wallflowers, geraniums and forget-me-nots at the station garden 
Planted two climbing roses in the Waitrose Woodland 
Began to remove tarmac at the Waitrose Woodland in order to plant the remaining climbers 
Committee agreed on the RHS judges’ route and priorities with our projects 
Received as a donation a greenhouse for the allotment 
Removed winter displays in the Waitrose planters in preparation for summer displays hopefully in place for the Alderley May Fair on 19 May. Repurposed some of the plants from the troughs into the Station Garden. Moved the fourth variegated laurel from London Road to the Station. Weeded and pruned shrubs at Station Garde 

May 2019 

Weekly litter pick in the village centre and main roads into the village 
Contacted Peaks and Plains (Housing Association) to remove ivy on South Street 
Met with ANSA to trial recycling methods 
Cleared litter at the cycle park at the Merlin on the Edge 
Cleared litter on Northern Rail embankments 
Worked with Lydiat Lane residents to improve verges 
Weekly litter pick in the village centre and main roads into the village 
Contacted Peaks and Plains (Housing Association) to remove ivy on South Street 
Met with ANSA to trial recycling methods 
Cleared litter at the cycle park at the Merlin on the Edge 
Cleared litter on Northern Rail embankments 
Worked with Lydiat Lane residents to improve verges 
Weekly litter pick in the village centre and main roads into the village 
Contacted Peaks and Plains (Housing Association) to remove ivy on South Street 
Met with ANSA to trial recycling methods 
Cleared litter at the cycle park at the Merlin on the Edge 
Cleared litter on Northern Rail embankments.  
 
 

June 2019 

Weekly litter pick in the village centre and main roads into the village 
Additional clean-up of the park after departure of travellers 
Network Rail removed litter and flytipped materials from around the station 
Propagation of our own summer bedding plants 
Planted Bruce Woollen’s salvia shrubs on our sites 
Increased gardening activities to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and some gardening work at weekends 
Completed all additional village displays 
Gave help to St Philip’s Church volunteers on clearing a site for planting 
Removed perennial weeds and tidied paths at Bramble Bank 
Planted beds, removed more weeds and ivy, and pruned shrubs at Ivygate 
Planted summer bedding and weeded at the Station Garden 
Gave support for a residents group on Moss Lane who are working to turn some common land to a wildlife area and picnic area 
Received more wooden planters from STE Waste Management 
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July 2019 

Projects for 2018/19. 20 self watering lamppost baskets. Park improvements. Community beds. Moss Lane. 

August 2019 

Daily watering in the village as the weather remains hot and dry! 
Watering baskets, planters and troughs along London Road and the side streets. 
Weekly litter picks around the village. 
The AEiB Committee accepted coordinators reports and agreed on plans for our 3 projects, the Waitrose Woodland, the allotment and the station car park 
 

September 2019 

.Awarded second prize for our onions on the Alderley Edge Allotment and Gardening Association annual show. It's not the winning, its the taking part! 
.Volunteer litter picking and weeding every week.  
.Digitalis Alba seeds sown at the Waitrose Woodland and park steps. Bulbs removed in Spring from baskets and planters and kept in storage were planted in the park. Started planting Alchemilla Mollis, Feverfew, Hespersis Matrimonialis and fox gloves at The Waitrose Woodland. 
.Watering baskets planters and troughs along London Road and side streets. 
Meeting with the WRVS Luncheon Club to agree on choices of vegetable planting for the community allotment. 
Watering system arrived Monday 24th September bought with money from a Manchester Airport Community fund. 
Vegetable and fruit donations to the WRVS Luncheon Club recommenced. 
Our end of month village stall raised £176 from raffle sales and £61.43 in donations for plants we have grown from bulbs and cuttings 

October 2019 

Weekly narcissus and daffodil bulb planting every Monday this month along Wilmslow Road 
 
Weekly litter pick on Mondays 
 
Started removing spent planting from containers and baskets in the village 
 
Fuchsia and Pelargoniums were overwintered for reuse next summer. Spent compost was put on the allotment beds and foliage on the allotment compost heaps. 
 
Continued to donate fruit and vegetables to the Luncheon Club 
 
Bought winter dispays of Skimmia, Hellebores, Gaulteria, Viola, Cyclamen, and Trailing Rosemary. Conifers and white Heathers kept from last year’s displays will be added to this year’s displays 
 
 
Committee agreed on the details of a wine and cheese fund raising event in December. 
 
Purchase of autumn raspberry canes for the allotment 
 
 
Completed the removal of all the village hanging baskets 
 
 

November 2019 

Awarded GOLD at the North West in Bloom Awards and awarded the 'Pride in East Cheshire' Award. 
 
November winter displays were planted in the village troughs and tubs. 
 
Summer plants were repotted and stored for next year. The winter display included white hellebores, small conifers, skimmias, white heathers, gaultherias, cyclamens, pansies, small box balls, variegated small grasses, weeping rosemary, ajuga and variegated ivy. Spring bulbs including crocus and iris were also planted. 
 
Litter picked the Bollin Fields Estate and the Remembrance Parade route. 
 
 
 
 

December 2019 

 
Regular weekly litter picks 
 
Received our RHS report which will be a discussion point at our January committee meeting. 
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