RHS Britain in Bloom 2018

RHS Britain in bloom site from above

We would like to give a huge thanks to Prestatyn in Bloom for including 3 of our projects plus a visit to Prestatyn Mens Shed in this years RHS WalesInBloom event.

Last year the RHS judge commented “I could drive the route myself” as Prestatyn was presenting similar things each year.

Not this year mate!

With 3 transformational projects included in the entry this year and the additional pressure of the BBC wanting to film things developing constantly, it has been quite a task and a lot of pressure put on volunteers.

Poppy made by Artisans Collective and the silent solider ready for RHS in Bloom 2018 at Pendre Gardens

The Poppy made by ourselves alongside the silent soldier at Pendre Parc

Our project partners HGC Dinbych Arfordirol ac Abergele / NWP Denbighshire Coastal and AbergeleHealthy Prestatyn Iach / Healthy Rhuddlan IachTai Sir Ddinbych – Denbighshire Housing, and Denbighshire Countryside Service have all been fantastic with their valuable time helping the Morfa Gateway project progress.

We have also had some great help for the Prestatyn Dementia Friendly garden from Steve Griffiths Plants on Prestatyn Market.

Filming with the BBC for the RHS Britain in Bloom series.
Filming with the BCC for RHS Britain in Bloom

The volunteers from different organisations across the area have been great including Hedgehog Help PrestatynDyserth WIPrestatyn & District Environment AssociationPrestatyn High School. Citizens in our wider community who just turn up and graft to benefit others are all heroes.

We have to mention the unending support of Denbighshire County Councilstreet scene team, without them we could not have achieved any of the work that the judge was really impressed with yesterday. WendyMark and Paulthank you so much and please pass on our thanks to the rest of the team.

Lots of people walk past and say how much they love the transformation at the Morfa Gateway Project which to us is proof we are going in the right direction.

Thanks also to Greggs who have help fund part of the Morfa Gateway Project project via #GreenerWithGreggs

A Good Week in bloom at the Old Library in Prestatyn

bloom good week

Fantastic week with In Bloom, Dementia Friendly Community and The Great British High Street

We must have had one of our best weeks ever at Artisans Collective. The RHS Wales In Bloom and “Its your Community” played a big part.

We also had great news from the Alzheimer’s Society and the team behind The Great British High Street.

On Tuesday evening the assessor from the Royal Horticultural Society visited the Old Library site to view our entry.

The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) campaign supports community groups in cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment.

Whether that’s the street they live in, or a small patch of communal land needing a revamp.

She seemed impressed but we will have to wait a few months for the results.

Wednesday saw Prestatyn entered in The Wales in Bloom Competition.

All of our spaces were judged in our towns Wales In Bloom entry. We had even greater involvement as Steve was one of the people transporting the team across town.
Here is a quick video taken on Thursday 14th July 2016

It was Great showing off all of our community groups work.

Also on Wednesday it was confirmed by the Alzheimer’s Society that Prestatyn has met the foundation criteria for the process to become a dementia friendly community.

Even more good news

As if that was not enough we were contacted by the government team that run The Great British High Street Campaign. Who asked us to work with them promoting the 2016 initiative.

They have told us that “It would be great to promote the competition using Prestatyn as a prime example of the Great British High St”

Our team helped lead the Totally Locally Prestatyn campaign Three years ago. It is nearly Two years ago that we opened Prestatyn The Old Library, Art Craft and Heritage Centre as a community hub.

This year we are chairing and facilitating the Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community agenda.

It is nice to be recognised as a voluntary group that has the best intentions and the wish to promote our town at every opportunity.

Not just Prestatyn in bloom