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Contents 3



Our team


Judges’ route

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Section A - Horticultural Achievement • Impact • Horticultural Practice • Residential & Community Gardening • Business Areas & Premises • Green Spaces

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Section B - Environmental Responsibility • Conservation & Biodiversity • Resource Management • Local Heritage • Local Environmental Quality • Pride of Place

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Section C - Community Participation • Development & Continuity • Communication & Education • Community Participation • Year-Round Involvement • Funding & Support

Introduction A horticultural ‘High Five’ and a warm welcome to Woodbridge Woodbridge’s eventful history, attractive location and welcoming people make it a pleasure to plant and maintain. The Town continues to be a buzzing centre of pleasure and commerce for so many visitors from home and abroad. Its location makes it often a garlanded gateway to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that encompasses Suffolk’s Coasts and Heaths. The Heritage Lottery grant funded Tide Mill refurbishment has been completed successfully and this famous Woodbridge icon is now attracting record visitors and milling wholesome flour once again. As for its near neighbour, the Whisstocks buildings, the latest planning application is to develop a Community Heritage Building, boatshed, restaurant and mixed use buildings with holiday homes above. This has re-started consultation which will inform a democratic decision. The Environment Agency also carried out maintenance of the Deben Estuary Flood Defences during the year. Probably the largest current challenge to the Woodbridge growth/quality balance is the Sizewell C expansion. Stage 2 consultations take place in 2014 - bringing to our door the national compromise between the growing need for energy and maintaining our heritage.

Woodbridge library survived and was saved in time to be named as the new home of the Tourist information Centre – which sadly did not escape budget cuts. The Town Council appointed a new Mayor, Councillor Patti Mulcahy, and will continue to support the town in many ways – not least by offering grants through which it has provided over £90,000 to various town initiatives over the last three years. The town hosted The Olympic torch and the Tour of Britain cycle race which both passed through to much support, as did the 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) who exercised their Freedom of the Town with a parade in early June. Many volunteers, council officers and businesses have supported a long list of local events. These are too many to list in full but included; Music in the Park, The Regatta, The Farmer’s Market, The Vintage & Modern Market, Holistic Fairs, food celebrations such as the Asparagus & Strawberry Fayre, the ever-popular Easter Egg Hunt, The Woodbridge 10k, music festivals, Maritime Woodbridge, the Christmas Fair, many church services and of course carols. Particularly of note is the resurrection of the Woodbridge Carnival this year, after more than 20 years.

With so much going on it is essential that we maintain the beauty of our environment. It helps build and maintain respect and pride in Woodbridge which is the overarching aim of Woodbridge in Bloom. This year we have reduced the number of In the heart of the town, Elmhurst Park won a hanging baskets in order to increase the number 2012/2013 Green Flag Award (the national of permanent planters as we feel this adds greater standard for parks and green spaces) announced value to the overall presentation of the town. Indeed, by the Keep Britain Tidy Group. It was the eleventh we have planted 4000 spring bulbs and are planting year running that the Park, owned by Woodbridge more trees in the town all the time. This year the Town Council, has won - making it the only owned/ Woodbridge in Bloom team of volunteers has planted directly managed Town Council Park in the UK that forty five planters and seventy six hanging baskets has won the award so many times. thanks to the generous funding received equally from businesses and private donors. Woodbridge celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style in Elmhurst Park and continued the following day on Kingston Field (home to Charles Notcutt, WiB Committee our new all-weather table-tennis table) with an evening of music and dance. The event culminated with spectacular fireworks and the lighting of a beacon from the Sutton side of the river. A clock to commemorate the event was erected above Barretts on the Thoroughfare funded by generous local donors.

Our team

Team member


Julian Royle


Barbara Dann

Deputy Chairman

Mark Dann


Jane Beaumont


John Bennett


Lady Caroline Blois

Chairman of Amenities, Town Council

Jonathan Metcalf

Woodbridge Growers

Charles Notcutt

Councillor and former Mayor

Judith Wright

Quiz Organiser

Ruth Ingram

Woodbridge Horticultural Soc. & Friends of Woodbridge Open Spaces

Paul Tynan

Bowser Watering Service

Patti Mulcahy

Mayor, WTC

Deborah Pratt

Transition Woodbridge

Caroline Page

Suffolk County Councillor

Anthony Mather


Mary Hodge


Hana Ballard

Design & website, Choose Woodbridge

Rita James

Choose Woodbridge Coordinator

Chris Harrold

Choose Woodbridge Chairman

Map & Judges’ Route



What to look out for...


Meet at Whistlestop Cafe, Station

Platform planting, planters and baskets at the cafe


Railway Bridge

Baskets, tubs, views of river reed beds and Sutton Hoo


Drive to Tide Mill (via landmarks) Skate park, recycling, Tide Mill, Art Club, Whisstocks


Drive to Jubilee Clock (via landmarks) Drive to Elmhurst Park (via landmarks)


Nunn’s Mill site and on to Jubilee Clock & Barretts


Drive to St Mary’s School (via landmarks) St Mary’s School - Project 1

Hamblin Rd Carpark, Napoleonic Gun, hanging baskets and the fabulous park including Scout garden – telescope – Omar Khayyam rose bed – herbaceous border – shrub planting along south east link road – children’s play area – conservation area – copper beech tree – bedding – carpet bedding of Woodbridge Coat of Arms, Green Flag (11th successive time winners) and sundial Fitzgerald Green, St John’s Churchyard, Castle Street Park Amazing garden with superb projects - meet Mrs Fraser

11.45 12.00 12.20

Drive to Fen Meadow - Project 2 (via landmarks) Drive to Notcutts (via landmarks)

Seckford Theatre Sculpture garden, Market Hill. Meet Dr Anne Bannister of Friends of Fen Meadow Carpark, verges, Framfield House & Notcutts plantings


Kingston Field & lunch

Allotments, Playground, Kingston Field park, table tennis table


Section A1 - Horticultural Achievement - Impact

Woodbridge Tide Mill - Planters 15/6/13

Woodbridge Tide Mill - Planters 15/6/13

Crest - Elmhurst Park 15/6/13

from our e s o R m a Khayy 1/7/13 k r a P The Omar t s r in Elmhu t s e r C n w To

Planting at Notcutts 15/6/13

Suffolk County Council dense shrub planting - Lime Kiln Quay Rd 15/6/13

Sculpture Garden - Seckford Theatre 15/6/13

Planting at Notcu tts 15/6/13

Planting at Framfield 15/6/13


Market Hill Planters 15/6/13

Section A2 - Horticultural Achievement - Practice

Elmhurst Park Panorama 15/6/13

hurst Park

at Elm Plantings 15/6/13

Council Plantings - Lime Kiln Quay Rd 15/6/13

Roses in Elmhurs t Park 15/6/13

Suffolk County Council dense shrub plantings - Lime Kiln Quay Rd 15/6/13

Community Centr e 15/6/13

St Mary’s School Garden Club 1/7/13

Flower Show 2012 7/7/12


The Woodbridge Grower 29/6/13

New plantings at entrance to Elmhurst Park 29/6/13

St Mary’s School Gardening Team leaders 1/7/13

Section A3 - Horticultural Achievement Residential & commuity Gardening

Claire Avenue - residential Date 15/6/13

Wilding Court (W iB residential street prize winner 2012) 1/7/13

Thoroughfare 15/6/13

pel Lawn Woodbridge School Cha 15/6/13

Seckford Theatre & Sculpture Garden 15/6/13

Carpark at Framfield House 15/6/13

Kingston Field Allotments 28/6/13

Kitchen Garden Elmhurst Park 29/6/13

Elmhurst K itchen Gard en 29/6/13

Kingston Field Allotments 29/6/13

munity m o C w o d Fen Mea /12 Group 23/9

Section A4 - Horticultural Achievement Business Areas and Premises

Barretts of Woodbridge 15/6/13 Tide Mill planters by riverside 15/6/13

Planters at Station Cafe 15/6/13

Foxburrow Farm 1/7/13

Well plante d carpark Framfield House 15/6 /13

The Kings Head hanging baskets 15/6/13

Woodbridge Bowls Club 28/6/13


Tree pu Notcutts & The Cherry 15/6/13

Top Floor Studios office 29/6/13 Cafe Nero 15/6/13

Turban Centre outside post office 15/6/13

Woodbridge Art Club 15/6/13

Section A5 - Horticultural Achievement Green Spaces

Elmhurst Park 15/6/13

Elmhurst Park 15/6/13

Kingston Field Parkland 15/6/13

Kingston Field Playground 15/6/13

Outdoor table tennis table 15/6/13 Skate park 15/6/13

Verge at McCarthy & Stone retirement home 15/6/13 Castle Street Green 29/6/13

Fen Meadow 23/9/12

Broomheath 13/08/12

Section B1 - Environmental Responsibility Conservation & Biodiversity

Sid the Seal enjoying the Deben at Woodbridge 22/2/13

Fen Meadow - wild flowers including Southern Marsh Orchids 28/6/13

Elmhurst conservation area 28/6/143

Sparrow hawk, Fen Meadow 11/6/13

Queen’s House School insect habitats 5/6/13

Elmhurst conservation area 28/6/13

Adder at B roomheath 30/6/13

Talking bees - beehive at Elmhurst Kitchen Garden 28/6/13


h 13/8/12

er Water Meadows and Riv 26/8/12

Reed beds

Fen Meadow 23/9/12

Reedbeds by River Deben 29/6/13

Section B2 - Environmental Responsibility Resource Management

Recycling bins, Community Hall 29/6/13

Compost beds at Kitchen Garden, Elmhurst park 29/6/13

Wormery at Kitchen Garden, Elmhurst Park 29/6/13

y’s School

Wormery at St Mar 1/7/13

Clothing bank, E lmhurst Park 29/6/13

SCDC Air Quality Assessment 2012

St Mary’s School composting 1/7/13

heep made St Mary’s School S en wire & from recycled chick carrier bags 1/7/13


Flood defences check 201

Clothing bank 29/6/13

Water butt at St Mary’s School 1/7/13

Section B3 - Environmental Responsibility Local Heritage

River Deben - a ce ntral part of Woodbridge 20 /2/13 Tide Mill - recently restored to working order. The jewel in the Woodbridge Crown - 15/6/13

Buttrams Mill 5/12/12

rchids Wild Southern Marsh O at Fen Meadow 28/6/13

Whisstocks - An artist’s impression of the new development to this historical site in the heart of our town

Fitzgerald Green 29/6/13 Named after famous resident Edward Fitzgerald who was a poet and writer, best known as the poet of the first and most famous English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

The Omar K hayyam ro se from our T own Crest, Elmhurst Park 28/6/13

Blue Plaques for our famous historical residents 5/12/13

beautiful y l g n i t n u a This h ching views Sutton Hoo a e r r a f h t i ate, w e of the n o o t 255 acre est e m o h r Deben, is es of all i r e v over the rive o c s i d l a haeologic greatest arc 13 time. 5/12/

Shire Hall 15/6/13

Section B4 - EnvironmentalResponsibility Local Environmental Quality

Dog bins are everywhere to keep our dog-loving town tidy

012 Local litter campaign 2 2013

Whisstocks as it is today - 15/6/13

Whisstocks Development - artist’s impression


Nunn’s Mill as it today - 1/7/13

Nunn’s Mill development - artists impression Two Planning Applications for the development of the derelict Whisstocks and Nunn’s Mill sites in Woodbridge have been submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council. Both schemes were designed following a lengthy public consultation process involving Suffolk Coastal District Council, Woodbridge Town Council, The Suffolk Design Review Panel, The Whisstocks Project Community Interest Company (WPCIC), and various public meetings. The new designs, which have been commissioned by Norwich-based developer FW Properties on behalf of Whisstocks Developments Ltd and its funder, Investec Bank, would create about 6,000 square metres of mixed-use accommodation. The two schemes, located in Tide Mill Way and Quayside, are designed to revitalise sites which have been vacant for more than 20 years. Together, the projects will cost £8 million to build. Julian Wells, a director of FW Properties, said: “We have paid close attention to the views of the local community and this is reflected in the final plans, which have been submitted to the planning authority. The designs are sophisticated, in both architectural and place-making terms. The proposals for Whisstocks will make it a highly distinctive place to live, or visit – but without taking the visual emphasis away from the Grade I listed Tide Mill. The design is sensitive in the way the buildings are arranged on the site. At Nunn’s Mill, the new scheme responds creatively to the historic precedents – but we’ve avoided pastiche architecture.” Mr Wells said that if the schemes were approved, he believed they would bring economic benefits to Woodbridge, and would significantly increase the Town’s offer to visitors: “The combination of the river front commercial spaces, a high-quality restaurant, the community buildings, and the holiday homes will add valuable new social and commercial energies. The mixture of uses will also generate more jobs, locally.”

Section B5 - EnvironmentalResponsibility Pride of Place

Sundial In Elmhurst Park 15/6/13

New Woodbridge Signs for 2013 28/6/13

Market Hill Pump 15/6/13

Napoleonic Gun, Red Lion 15/6/13

ound trees, Market Hill - benches ar with planters 15/6/13

Sculpture Garden Seckford Theatre 15/6/13

War Memorial, Market Hill 15/6/13

Jubilee Clock at Barretts 23/12/12

Drummer Boy at SCDC offices 5/12/12

The rose fro m our Town Cr in Elmhurs t park 22/2 est /13

new sign d n a r o o l f Raised tiled r 1/7/12 Cross Corne


Section C1 - Comunity Participation Development & Continuity

St Mary’s School - The Garden Club at St Mary’s School has gone from strength to strength with help from Alison Finlay of the RHS. Their latest project sees them researching and growing their own wheat to grind into flour to make their own bread. A new and adventurous project! 1/7/13

Transition Woodbridge - This is a relatively new group which has gathered momentum over the last 12 months seeking sites for beefriendly planting: The Shed down by the river, Woodbridge Methodist Church, and Ash Close behind the Cherry Tree. Each sown with a wild flower mix and small plants. 30/6/13

Friends of Fen Meadow - This new group (2012) is working with the Town Council and Wildlife Trust to bring conservation to Fen Meadow. They have already got designated conservation and biodiverse areas where they are growing Southern Marsh Orchids and other wild flowers with great success. 29/6/13

Kingston Field Allotments - Since the redivision of land to create more, smaller allotments, this area has flourished. The introduction of the annual Woodbridge Allotment Competition in 2012 has improved the standard considerably. Popularity has risen steadily and the overall appearance has got better & better. There is now a waiting list for allotments which demonstrates the success and continuity of this project. 30/6/13

Kitchen Garden, Elmhurst Park The Woodbridge Growers have been cultivating edible produce on this site since 2010. The team of some 15 green-fingered enthusiasts is expanding as word spreads and the garden has come on in leaps and bounds. It is a real credit to the team and, after years of ground work, now a beauty to behold. 30/6/13

Section C2 - Community Participation Communication & Education

New website - Our site; has been created by Choose Woodbridge and feeds into its main website which gets over 3,000 hits a month. This is a new development to help draw attention to Woodbridge in Bloom and make us a more central part of the community.

Our tie up with Choose Woodbridge also means we’re getting more exposure via social media and in the press.

St Mary’s School uses its garden for every single subject on the curriculum - from science to maths and even French! That’s why it won our coveted School Garden Project Award in October 2012. The Yr5 Wheat Project is quite astounding - read more under section C1

We’re raising awareness and valuable funds through our 2014 calendar which is currently in production

Section C3 - Community Participation Community Particpation

St John’s Churchyard 1/7/13

Transition Woodbridge - a community group 29/6/13

St Mary’s School - Yr6 digging up spuds for their annual BBQ 1/7/13

Woodbridge Grow ers - a community grou p 29/6/13

al Society -hosts Woodbridge Horticultur d fills the calendar the local flower show an and gatherings with horticultural talks

Town Council - Photo of new Mayor Patti Malccahy

St Mary’s Churchyard 15/6/13

Rock Barracks: soldiers from the 23rd Engineers rgt repointed park wall

Suffolk Council - Scout Garden in Elmhurst Park 30/6/13

Local busin esses & gro ups support the group throu gh donations and sponso rship opportuniti es These in clude local hotel; Ufford Par k, Local chari ty; The Sec kford Foundation , cafes and retailers wi thin and a round Woodbridg e and a wh ole host of private d onors. Ther e are more than 70 support ers this year. With a predicted increase in d onors for 2 013/14

Meadow n e F f o s d n e Fri group Community

Section C4 - Community Participation Year-Round Involvement

The Choose Woodbridge website shows the programme of wildlife walks, talks and open gardens as well as events for youngsters at Foxburrow Farm and other places

WiB host two Quiz Nights each calen dar year to raise fund s for the group and to upda te and socialise with our valued supporters . We made ÂŁ540 at ou r last Quiz which inclu ded a lively raffle!

Woodbridge Flower Show 7/7/12

On Thursday Oct 25th we held our annual presentation of local awards for various categories of gardening. The evening was well attended and included a raffle and refreshments.

Presentations night 25/10/12

The winners were: Best Newcomer: Mrs Jesse Day Seasonal bedding or permanent planting: Mr Frank Proctor Residential basket or window display: Mrs Val Hooper Commercial Premises: Sarenka Knight Community Garden or Street: Wilding Court School Garden Project: St Mary’s Primary School Allotment: Mr & Mrs Finbow and Mrs S. Nelson

WiB Garden Competition July 2012 (Photo 15/6/13)

Allotment Competition - July 2012 (photos 1/7/13)

St Mary’s School Garden Club: All term, every term - with families helping throughout term time and in the holidays (photos 1/7/13)

Section C5 - Community Participation Funding & Support

Town Council Grant - applied for for 2013/14 season. This is usually for around £450-£500 

We’re working on the 2014 calendar - a new inititative whereby local businesses sponsor a month at a cost of £100. Early take-up has been very promising

Private Donatations - Thanks to the generosity of local residents and businesses we raised over ÂŁ3,500 for the 2012/13 season. We hope to see a similar amount from private donors this year.

The Friends of Fen Meadow is just one group of volunteers who give up their time and skills to ensure our communal areas are cared for in accordance with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and local authorities - and stay true to the town’s history and Suffolk’s horticultural heritage.

Thank you! We hope you enjoyed reading about Woodbridge in Bloom as much as we enjoy planning, planting, growing and maintaining our beautiful town.

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Woodbridge in Bloom portfolio 2013  

Woodbridge's entry for the 2013 Anglia in Bloom Competition