Beeston In Bloom
A voluntary group promoting community pride
Beeston is an inner city, urban area of South Leeds with a diverse ethnic and cultural population of around 20,000 with high levels of deprivation, large areas of terraced back to back housing and little green space. Beeston In Bloom group was founded in 1997 with the main aim of promoting community pride through its gardening and has around 12 regular volunteers who attend meetings and working parties to maintain their many projects. The group volunteers range in age and ability and we work hard all year round gardening, holding plant sales to raise funds whilst also trying to encourage others to participate and ‘get digging’ as it is a marvellous way to keep fit and make new friends.
The gardening projects range from small which would be the maintaining of barrier troughs and tubs outside local shops and surrounding streets, to larger undertakings such as the Millennium Garden in Cross Flatts Park, Derek Fatchett Garden near a local school and a converted grass verge near the Cardinal housing estate. Hanging baskets are displayed at focal points around Beeston in both spring and summer providing a splash of colour. We also plant spring flowering bulbs every autumn in a variety of local places to add spring colour and earlier this year we decided to be adventurous and planted a wild flower meadow adjacent to a local school and bus terminus which is in full bloom at the moment and brightens up an otherwise drab area whilst also encouraging natural wildlife such as butterflies and bees.
By undertaking these projects whether small or large we try to instil a sense of pride in the local area whilst also helping to bring people together by providing and maintaining communal areas such as the Millennium Garden in the local park where members of the local community can meet friends and bring families to enjoy the surroundings.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
If Beeston In Bloom were fortunate enough to be supported by this funding the monies would be used to purchase plants and shrubs for the areas we maintain but especially for the Millennium Garden in our local community park as unfortunately in the past six months this area has suffered a spate of vandalism. (See photos attached). Several shrubs, plants and hard landscaping were burnt and damaged and as a result we did not enter the garden in the Leeds In Bloom competition in spring this year which was very disappointing for the members.
We need to undertake a long term programme of work to completely overhaul the borders one at a time and as we need large specimen plants this will be expensive hence the application for funding. It would also be an opportunity to replace or improve the quality of soil in the borders and flowerbeds. The work would be undertaken by bloom volunteers and if necessary corporate volunteers from local businesses and organisations such as the National Citizen Service.
The park is well used by local residents, over 200 park runners each Saturday, visitors to Bands in the Park and over 5,000 Beeston Festival goers who used the garden area this July for the visiting birds of prey. Having new borders and flowerbeds would have the immediate impact of improving the Millennium Garden for all the visitors and encourage members who work all year round.
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“Funding from organisations such as Skipton Building Society enable small volunteer groups like Beeston In Bloom to continue to improve the local area for residents with their gardening projects and promote community pride” – Maureen Broadbent, treasurer Beeston In Bloom
“Beeston In Bloom are a hard working team of volunteers helping to bring a touch of the countryside to an inner city area and improving large areas of concrete and roadsides with their beautiful displays of plants in hanging baskets and planters which they maintain throughout the year” – Muriel Rogers, local resident and supporter of Beeston In Bloom"
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