Winterton-on-Sea In Bloom

March, 2021. IT'S lovely to walk around the village and see the beautiful colour of spring flowers. It really does lift your spirits.

I often wonder how these fragile delicate flowers survive the harsh cold weather at this time of year. Another of Mother Nature’s miracles.


Our treasurer, Andrew, has finished the bird boxes and now they are in place around the village just waiting for our feathered friends to take up residence.

April, 2021. THE In Bloom team are buzzing with excitement after being given a £1,850 grant from Great Yarmouth Tourist

Board. It means we can start making all the improvements we were funded for including improving the entrance to the

playing field.

It's so good to be out again gardening and looking after the village we all love.

We have made a good start on the village green, cutting back the grasses in the plough garden and digging out all the pesky weeds.

The plough garden will be getting a refresh. We need to put down new shingle to suppress the weeds and adding a few different grasses. Sowing poppy, cornflower and daisy seeds amongst them. The plough will also be repainted.

Whilst working, we watched entranced at the blue tit parents in and out of the bird boxes, feeding their young. We’re so thrilled we have residents.

You might have noticed we have stained the two planters by the village green sign, this is just a temporary fix. We will be having new planters made. The team would like to thank Brian and Christine for allowing us the facility of water for the plants on the green and Judith for supplying us with teas and coffees while we worked.

A massive thanks to Dawn and Arnie Potts for generously donating 10 large bug hotels for the village. These will bring so much pleasure and become a real talking point.

We have been given permission to plant a crab apple tree on the village hall green. This is a tribute to Sir Tom Moore in recognition for everything he achieved for our country. What a remarkable man. Don’t forget his words, “Tomorrow will be better.” The team are planting this tree for everyone in our village. Have you ever wondered why it’s called a crab apple. Crab is an old Scandinavian word for small apple.

It’s so good to see the blossom on the fruit trees in my garden the apricot tree is smothered in delicate white blossom. Last year we did quite well with fruit hopefully this year will be the same. Anybody can grow a fruit tree in their garden. Trees come in all sizes to suit all spaces. The patio type are really good for a small area.

Enjoy your gardening and don’t forget if any of you have a few hours to spare, you’re welcome to join us and become one of the team.

Claire Thompson

Chair of Winterton in Bloom

June, 2021. WHAT a very strange month May was, weather wise. Despite all the adverse conditions, In Bloom managed to complete all of the planting around the village.

We wanted everyone to enjoy the colour and positivity of the gardens, after what has been a very difficult and frightening year.

You may have noticed the raised planters are now installed and looking rather wonderful.

Borough and county councilor James Bensly said it was a wonderful achievement and he knew those working on the displays had already benefited. “This has helped no end of people with their mental health

and physical wellbeing and the positive emotions this brings out cannot be underestimated.

“The In Bloomers, volunteers and parish council are the perfect example of local communities helping each other helping themselves.”

The planters, beds and borders are all fully planted around the village. In a few weeks time there should be a riot of colour to lift and enhance everyone’s mood.

It was a sunny morning, thank goodness, and to share this event with the In Bloom team, Chris from the Fishermans, several of the Holiday Home Owners, Supporters of In Bloom and members of the Parish Council made it extra special. Wheelchair user Terry Buckland was guest of honour.

This would not have been possible without the massive support of some very special people, who have donated individual planters for our village. They were: The Fishermans Return, The Holiday Home Owners Group and the Supporters of In Bloom.

Thanks also to Daryl of D.S. Carpentry for making the elegant planters.

This has been such a positive achievement for our village and is bringing so much pleasure to so many. In Bloom would like to thank each and everyone of you. It shows what can be achieved. Thank you for believing in our team.

The official launch ceremony to celebrate the installation of the disability planters took place on 24th May on the village hall green.

Bug hotels are now in place and look amazing. Hopefully they will soon be full of various insects. And a crab apple tree has been planted on the village hall green between the raised planters to commemorate national hero Capt Tom Moore.

Put your gardening tools down. Now is the time to sit back and enjoy your gardens .

Claire Thompson

Chair of Winterton in Bloom