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News from Bradfield Village Hall
10th October 2008

Bradfield Gains Silver "Bloom" Award

Bradfield was once again presented with a Silver Award in the Small Villages category of "Yorkshire in Bloom 2008".

Yorkshire in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom competition in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, North and North-East Lincolnshire.

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Judges Comments

Bradfield continues to develop its entry it was pleasing to see initiatives being taken by the bloom committee. Two new welcome stones have been placed at entrances to the village with more to follow.

Good floral displays around the village helped advance this entry from spring. Everyone in village welcoming and Judge left village with a feel good factor!

SECTION A—FLORAL DISPLAYS

The judges were particularly impressed by:

  • Planters on playing fields
  • Baskets and planters around community centre and tennis pavilion
  • Thought tractor tyres by village hall very appropriate for area and recycling
  • Planters around village

Areas suggested for future development:

  • High Horns public house in centre of village to display baskets and troughs
  • Improve some bedding displays—More plants/design
  • More trailing plants in planters on playing fields

SECTION B—PERMANENT LANDSCAPING, INCLUDING SHRUBS

The judges were particularly impressed by:

  • Parish council office grounds
  • Mixed planting around village in small pockets carried out by local residents
  • Development of green spaces by river despite some problems which group are tackling
  • Permanent/mixed planting very colourful in both Upper and Lower Bradfield

Areas suggested for future development:

  • Bollards instead of stones to prevent vehicles getting down to riverside
  • Some mixed planting near entrance stones
  • Develop area by vicarage as a garden for future visits
  • Develop planting at rear of community centre to stop erosion of soil

SECTION C—CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING

The judges were particularly impressed by:

  • Recycling centre in village; well laid out, clean, tidy and well used by residents
  • Clearing of overgrown areas around village to provide a better safer environment for all
  • Good clean green open spaces in centre of village

Areas suggested for future development:

  • Make sure notice boards in good condition, stain paint as necessary
  • Make sure signs clean and visible—remove unnecessary signs
  • Keep working on riverside gardens, despite problems
  • Develop wildflower link between Upper/Lower Bradfield

SECTION D—LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

The judges were particularly impressed by:

  • Cleanliness of whole village; no litter flyposting or graffiti to be seen
  • Areas suggested for future development:
  • Removal of ragwort from grass verges despite it also being on private land
  • Make sure weeds are treated on cobbled areas

SECTION E—PUBLIC AWARENESS/PUBLICITY

The judges were particularly impressed by:

  • Posters around village highlighting Bradfield in bloom and judging day
  • The pride of residents to be involved in ‘in bloom’ competition
  • Display in community hall showing what has been achieved as well as sponsors

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