Foreword & Partnership Working
Making a Difference
Planting more Perennial plants
Vegetables in a Car Park
Additions to the Urban Pollinator-Friendly Border
Getting ready for Mayflower 400, Phase 1
Plug Planting in Central Park
A new Gateway to Boston
Fork to Plate initiative
The ‘Buoys are Back in Town’
Urban Meadow Improvements
Allotments going from Strength to Strength
Looking After The Town
BTAC Team continue to support Bloom
St. Botolph’s Bridge gets a Spring Clean
Spreading the Message
Facelift for Bloom website, and fresh look to marketing
Education through Bloom
A greener way to travel
Pub in Bloom
Big Boston Clean Up
Sponsors and Supporters of Boston in Bloom 2019
Foreword After a tumultuous year for Boston in Bloom we face 2019 with renewed vigour. Our vice chairman has retired from the council and we look forward working with the new council member. Ian Farmer, our council officer, has also retired and we wish them both well. With the work on different areas in Boston over the last seven years, keeping up with our improvements is challenging but rewarding.
Boston in Bloom committee holding the awards presented in 2018
Partnership Working We have new partners and friends, this year looking forward to Bostonâ€™s Mayflower connections which will be celebrated next year. 400 years after the Mayflower sailed, Boston will host many tourists and visitors, so our Gateway to Boston Project, an exciting partnership between the Poacher Line, Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council, the Boston
Hanse Group and Transported Art has started. With the change in franchise of the Boston to Skegness train line, our plans for the Gateway launch were delayed, but the future looks exciting, with the new franchisee, Abellio, taking over soon. Haven High Academy has started a gardening Club, working with secondary school pupils their ideas and ambitions, keeping us young and weâ€™re excited to welcome them on board for 2019, as our Education Partner. Our work with the Borough and clean-up has brought plastic recycling to the fore and the sculpture made of rubbish brings the care of our environment home to us all. Clean up has brought us new residents who want to be involved with Bloom, and we welcome them. Thistles Market Garden are with us, as are the Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) team and Kev, along with his grounds men from the Borough who keep our feet on the ground. Willoughby Road Allotments have gone from strength to strength and we are proud of their achievements this year. The Friends of the Cemetery are working hard on the Herbert Ingram Family grave. The wild life in the cemetery is increasing and itâ€™s great to see nature thriving.
Alison Fairman (chair) and Cllr Claire Rylott (former vice-chair) with Dudley Bryant presenting the Pride of Boston award to the Boston in Bloom partnership
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Fydell House / Beadsmans Lane Custom House Quay / Market Place White Hart Hotel B&M Open Space and Police Station raised beds St Botolphâ€™s Church grounds Wormgate Pescod Square Memorial Gardens / Veterans Way / Bargate Green Central Park (Park gate Entrance) Haven High Academy Willoughby Road Allotments via Bargate Roundabout
Making A Difference Planting more Perennial plants We have tried hard this year to introduce perennial planting in all our beds and in some of the planters. Theft has been a problem but with the help of the local nurseries including Johnsons of Boston and J. Parkerâ€™s, and the recycling of plants from the award winning Boston Stump flower bed, we have had hundreds of new and exciting varieties. They may take a year or two to mature but will go from strength to strength.
Making A Difference Vegetables in a Car Park Over the last few years, a local patch of land aside a busy town centre car park has been adopted by family owned business, Cammacks and Sons Ltd. This year, the store decided to add a different kind of planting for 2019. The border has some delicious courgettes and beans, and even features Chris, the Scarecrow too, fighting off the pigeons!
Making A Difference Additions to the Urban Pollinator-Friendly Border Bordering the river, phase 3 of the landscaping of the Police Station raised beds took place during the spring. Complementing earlier planting in the B&M area and the landscaping of the Police Station car park, a mixture of winter planting and spring/summer planting has been introduced into the thick layer of composted bark to appeal to bees and other pollinators. Species include hellebores, bergenia, alliums, hebe, geranium rozanne, ajuga reptans, echinacea purpurea and verbena bonariensis. Special thanks go to Boston Big Local which met most of the landscaping cost and the volunteers, who helped to clear and plant the areas, which have been further topped with a thick layer of composted bark to maintain moisture and reduce weeds.
Making A Difference Getting ready for Mayflower 400, Phase 1 The plan for this award-winning display feature is to recreate & celebrate the sailing of the puritans who left Boston circa 1620 on the ship, Mayflower to discover Boston Mass. The design of the feature was created by Bridget to celebrate 2020, the 400 year anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers leaving. A two year planting program has just begun with the installation of three different varieties of grasses to represent the sea & a stunning piece of artwork in metal of the ship Mayflower, along with shoals of fish in metal work too. The effect is hoped to reenact a ship at see, as the wind blows through the grasses. Partly sponsored by Peloâ€™s Hair Salon, situated close by, Boston in Bloom is seeking further funding to complete the design ready for the 2020 celebrations next year. This will be a permanent installation at the Stump for locals & visitors to enjoy & will sit alongside the Puritan Path adjacent to the site.
Making A Difference Plug Planting in Central Park Wild flower plugs were provided and were planted by children from the Sure Start Children’s Centre and their parents and carers – they also joined in a bug hunt. Young people from the Prince’s Trust also joined in planting and weeding, a group of students from Boston College helped and, despite rain on one day, two groups from the John Fielding Special School came along and planted wildflowers and, in the afternoon, although the rain continued, a group from Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Services managed between them to plant a tray of hedge bedstraw. A second group from Boston College joined the following day and had a plant sale and donated the proceeds towards the project. Volunteers from Boston Library, a resident and a group of pupils from Haven High finished the planting. The project was kindly supported by Anglian Water, which promoted water saving – volunteers were given lavender seeds (lavender can thrive without much water), the younger children received Anglian Water activity books and colouring pencils, and the older children and adults were given shower timers. Organiser Jackie Lane, from Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, said: “It has been a great week and by the end we planted 1,100 bluebells, primroses, selfheal, white campion, meadowsweet, greater stichwort, common knapweed, hedge bedstraw, golden rod and wood anemone.”
Making A Difference A new Gateway to Boston An exciting partnership has been developing over the last 12 months, between Boston in Bloom and the â€œPoacher Lineâ€?, a Community Rail Partnership focused on development and improvement of railway stations and features along the Skegness to Grantham Poacher Line. The Grantham to Skegness Community Rail Partnership was set up in July 2005, and is funded by Lincolnshire County Council as the lead partner, Nottinghamshire County Council, East Midlands Trains (currently) and the Department for Transport (DfT). Boston in Bloom and the Poacher Line have started initial plans on how to develop and improve the appearance of the historic railway station, including the addition of new plants outside the front of the building, the location of a new Boston Buoy (page 13), a possible new community hub, and much more.
Making A Difference Fork to Plate initiative As part of Willoughby Road Allotment Association’s commitment of working with partners, the association has created a “Fork to Plate” project with the Coaching Inn Group. The Boston based hotel chain has sponsored the Edible Academy project, and the association provides a fresh range of produce, that the chefs in the White Hart Hotel use within their handmade fresh food. This is also part of the associations, and the hotels commitment to help young people develop their potential. Shelina Burford, Head Chef of the White Hart Hotel said: “This exclusive partnership between the White Hart Hotel and Willoughby Road Allotments provides our hotel with delicious freshly grown vegetables, grown by the plot holders, enabling us to develop our specials menu with new catering ideas on a regular basis.”
Making A Difference The ‘Buoys are Back in Town’ Six giant buoys will receive artistic treatment ranging from painted scenes to ceramic mosaics to metal adornment to illustrate Boston’s maritime heritage. The six decorated buoys, five donated by the Port, could be joined by up to another nine to make a Boston Buoys heritage trail of 15. The project is funded by Transported, the Boston arts organisation, and supported by the Port of Boston, Boston Borough Council, Boston Big Local, the Environment Agency and Boston in Bloom. The final position of the Buoys will be determined in the coming months from a number of sites in and around the town following consultation and discussion with authorities and land owners. The artists chosen to reinterpret the buoys will begin work in September and there will be some public involvement. It is hoped the finished artworks will be in place next year, in time to help mark the 400th anniversary of Boston’s part in the story of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Making A Difference Pollinator Heaven We continue to work in a heavily used area between the bus station and the Market Place. The raised flower beds have been planted with new pollinators and perennials, thanks to continued support from the Boston Big Local funding. Help from BTAC, the Parks department and North Sea Camp has sustained the area. No watering is needed in the area after planting.
Making A Difference Urban Meadow Improvements Last year saw an area of wasteland, next to the busy Haven Bridge, flourish with colour for the second year. It was a great success with passersâ€™ by delighted with the grey to greening. Members of the public enjoyed the masses of wild flowers which went on flowering to November, and enjoyed the colourful bird boxes made by students at the nearby college. Sadly, this year, we discovered Japanese Knotweed in the area and have had the area sprayed in an attempt to kill off the weed. Fresh bird boxes have recently been developed by the local Boston Grammar School and installed. The Urban Meadow is a site that has been chosen for the new Boston Buoy project, which will be put in position next year.
Making A Difference Allotments going from Strength to Strength Willoughby Road Allotment Association has, over the past few years, become an exemplary allotment site, gaining funding from various sources for new initiatives and much more. Under the enthusiastic leadership of Paul Collingwood, Willoughby Road Allotment Association, has recently had a brand new, state-of-the-art poly-tunnel installed on site, to allow plot holders to grow fresh produce in protected climates. Early 2018 saw the introduction of the brand new community facilities, and 2019 has seen the addition of wet-pore ground surfacing, and the installation of disabled access ramps to both the community hub, and disabled friendly toilets. The allotment association continues to work in partnership with local hotel, The White Hart, providing fresh produce for use in the kitchen, along with providing the local Butterly Hospice with freshly grown produce too. The association now has regular visits from local schools and the Pilgrim Hospital Day Centre, providing education and experience. Exciting events are a frequent, with plot holders recently organising an Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin & Chilli Festival, and regularly opening the site for the National Garden Scheme Open Days.
Looking After The Town Business Support Local businesses continue to show their support by taking part in the town centre hanging basket scheme operated by local contractor Trevor Blackamore with the support of Boston in Bloom. Bostonâ€™s historic Market Place continues to undergo extensive regeneration, with recent shop front refurbishments include the new Samâ€™s Traditional Fish and Chip Restaurant and Hoppers Jewellers.
Looking After The Town BTAC Team continue to support Bloom A team of staff dedicated to town area maintenance, introduced to the town in 2018, continue with their successful operations to revitalise and regenerate the town centre. Steve Phelps, Andy Kelk and Julian Beavis are part of efforts funded by Boston Town Area Committee to maintain and improve Boston town centre and surrounding neighbourhoods. The team, whose experience includes bricklaying, caretaking, grounds and vehicle maintenance, will undertake a wide range of duties including cleaning car parks, installing bins and signs, chewing gum removal, graffiti removal, repainting of street furniture, grounds improvements and minor repairs.
Looking After The Town St. Botolph’s Bridge gets a Spring Clean Following it’s installation in 2014, St. Botolph’s Footbridge has, in time, suffered with the weather, and became increasingly discoloured. In March 2019, Lincolnshire County Council closed the footbridge for 3 days, allowing specialist cleansing teams to deep clean the bridge, restoring it to it’s former glory.
Spreading the Message Facelift for Bloom website, and fresh look to marketing As part of the continued overhaul, Boston in Bloom’s new website, launched last year, underwent a further facelift, to improve the aesthetic look and mobile appearance. Additional artwork has also been designed, with a “corporate image” being implemented throughout the campaign, all of which developed voluntarily by partnership member Nathan Bryant, who owns local design business, Quinstone UK.
2019 Hanging Basket Scheme Application Form
proud sponsors of Pub in Bloom 2019
Spreading the Message Education through Bloom Boston Witham Academies Federation’s Haven High Academy have agreed to join the Boston in Bloom campaign for 2019 The academy already encourages it’s students to grow-at-home, and has constructed an allotment within the schools grounds, with students having the ability to hand grow vegetables, and, soon will have the addition of a poly-tunnel to assist with produce growth. On behalf of the Boston Witham Academies Federation, Emma Firth said: “It’s an exciting time for Haven High Academy and BWAF to be working with Boston in Bloom. We’re delighted to be working with the partnership this year and to be incorporated into the 2019 judging route, showing off our newly launched healthy living educational programme, along with introducing the judging panel to some of the students involved in the scheme.”
Spreading the Message A greener way to travel Listers BMW offered the support and donation of a BMW i3, to the partnership to drive the judges around the town, displaying the route for 2019. Speaking of the donation, Boston in Bloom partnership Chair, Alison Fairman said: “We’re very grateful to Listers BMW for their kind donation of a i3 for the duration of the judging day, enabling us to encourage environmental friendliness with zero emissions.” Marketing Manager for Listers BMW, Alex Matthews, said: “Boston in Bloom are a prominent partnership in Boston and it’s a huge pleasure to be able to provide a zero emission i3 for their judging panel, especially considering the fantastic work they do in improving the appearance of the town.”
Spreading the Message Pub in Bloom In 2018, Boston in Bloom launched itâ€™s Pub in Bloom competition. After a fantastic response, the partnership decided to continue it into 2019. Public houses were encouraged to offer a well-balanced design, good use of colour and quality planting. Extra marks were awarded to those pubs which have grown flowers from seed, used recycled materials, demonstrated creativity and have the wow appeal! Winners of the 2018 competition have also been entered into East Midlands in Bloom Pub in Bloom competition too.
Runners Up Coach and Horses
Runners Up Hammer & Pincers
Winners Goodbarns Yard
Pub in Bloom is kindly sponsored by The Coaching Inn Group
Spreading the Message Big Boston Clean Up Hundreds of people gave up their Easter break to help spruce up the town centre and neighbouring areas. Now in its 11th year the 2019 clean up collected 3.6 tonnes of rubbish over four days, a significant reduction on last year’s total of 4.8 tonnes. Alongside regular waste, a special collection of plastic was introduced for the duration of the clean up, which has been developed into a sculpture. Businesses and local organisations taking part in this year’s Clean Up included Lincolnshire Police, ASDA, Lincolnshire Co-op, Calders and Grandidge, Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board and the Environment Agency. ASDA, Freshtime and Co-Op sponsored this year’s event. Clean-up organiser Jenny Moore, Boston Borough Council’s environment and sustainability officer, said “It was good that the evidence, despite the perception of some, was that the town is becoming steadily cleaner each year.
Sponsors and Supporters of Boston in Bloom 2018
BOSTON BIG LOCAL £19,000 grant over two years (2017-18 & 2018-19)
BOSTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
COACHING INN GROUP
Sponsorship of the Art Deco Developing planting schemes, including orchards and Garden Sculpture, Pub in Bloom & free facilities for meadows, and town centre improvements the annual Seed Swap (INCLUDING BOSTON TOWN AREA COMMITTEE)
CAMMACKS OF BOSTON
Snowdrop and English Bluebells to the value of £1000
Donations of Narcissi and Alliums
Community Champion Award Scheme
Green Token Award Scheme
Winter & Summer Planting of Bargate Car Parks
Social Media, Website Development & Graphic Design
JOHNSONS GARDEN CENTRE
COMMUNITY PAYBACK & HMP NORTH SEA CAMP
HAVEN HIGH ACADEMY
Help with grounds maintenance and planting schemes
Sponsorship of the ‘Mayflower’ themed planting display outside Boston Stump
Ongoing support and involvement with the Boston in Bloom campaign
RALPH OTTEY & DUDLEY BRYANT
THISTLES MARKET GARDEN
Sponsorship of four Betula Utilis Jacquemontii trees
Photography: Nathan Bryant, Lincolnshire County Council & Boston Borough Council Text and Content: Maddy Eyre, Nathan Bryant, Alison Fairman, Paul Colllingwood, Emma Staff & Andrew Malkin Design, Styling & Printing: Quinstone UK 2019 Education Partner: Haven High Academy Hanging Basket Scheme: Managed and maintained by T.A. Blackamore Ltd Town Centre Planting and Maintenance: Boston Borough Councilâ€™s Parks and Grounds Team Boston Town Area Committeeâ€™s Town Area Maintenance Team Boston in Bloom Partnership Boston in Bloom Volunteer Gardeners Boston in Bloom Partnership Members: Alison Fairman (Chairman), Councillor Nigel Welton (Vice Chairman), Angela Evans, Bridget Sykes, Jan Dawson, Jay Peck, Jenny Moore, John Bird, Kate Phoenix, Maddy Eyre, Nathan Bryant, Paul Collingwood, Rachel Lauberts, Richard Barclay, Shelia Lymer Boston in Bloom Volunteer Gardeners: Peter & Dorothy Rawlings, Jayne Brierley, Felicity Jordan, Gill Roberts, Gill Goor
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