Wokingham in Bloom was launched in 2013 as part of the Town Council’s commitment to protecting and enhance our natural and built environment. All works are coordinated by a steering group composed of local volunteers and supporting partners. Since then, Wokingham in Bloom has gone from strength to strength, first entering Thames and Chilterns in Bloom in 2013.
We work alongside resident and community groups, including the Wokingham Horticultural Association, Wokingham in Transition, to help maintain a beautiful and sustainable town and create new events and features for residents to enjoy for years to come. From working with local schools and businesses to holding competitions and community planting schemes, our work covers the whole town and is inclusive to anyone with an interest in keeping Henley clean, welcoming and attractive.
Wokingham in Bloom is always looking for new challenges. Future projects can include:
- Championing the hedgehog! Encouraging people to get their own hedgehog houses and create hedgehog friendly habitats.
- Bee-happy, Bee-healthy, Bee-utiful – celebrating bees! Encouraging everyone in town to grow pollinator-friendly plants as organically as possible.
- Greening Great Britain! Following the RHS Britain in Bloom theme, trying to make Wokingham less grey and greener.
Wokingham In Bloom 2019
The steering group started the year with new revitalized volunteers and many plans for the coming years. Wokingham in Bloom 2019 will see another year of fantastic floral displays,
sustainability initiatives, permanent landscaping and community involvement across the town.
Great pride and effort is taken to brighten the regenerated town and maintain the environment for residents and our visitors. Flowers have always been planted in the town centre and with the redevelopment almost finished, it is more important than ever to support the area during this period of change.
This year we are celebrating the full opening of Market Place, Peach Place and the first phase of Elms Field.
This has been achieved through cooperation between local stakeholders, many hours of public consultation and the unwavering of support of local people.
There is an ever-increasing number of volunteer groups, interested individuals, Churches, Scouts, Guides, the local hospital, schools, community groups, allotment holders, retail shops, restaurants, pubs and commercial businesses.
In addition the Wokingham Borough has helped by coordinating its efforts to deliver many small but noticeable improvements.
The budgets for all departments have been constrained and “Bloom” is operating with small but effectively used funding. The Town Council works tirelessly to co-ordinate all this effort and keep within the modest budget while lending a helping hand, mattock or weed scraper, to maintain the momentum.
Result of Britain in Bloom 2019 (coming on 24th September)
Result of Wokingham in Bloom 2019 (coming in September 2019)
Chair: Tony Hewetson
Vice Chair: Jan Nowecki
Litter Heros: Tony Lack
Cockpit Footpath Community Garden: Morag Malvern, Alan Jeffries
NHS Hospital Flowerbed: Jenny Gilbert
Holt Copse volunteers: Mike Saynor
Wokingham Borough Council: David Hare
Wokingham Horticultural Association: Pauline MacBrayne
Langbourough Wildlife Garden – Susanna McClaymot
Rose Street Conservation Group: Hazel Guile
Photography: Ann Crail