Bus shelter in Chapeltown with flowers.
Chapeltown in Bloom was formed with the aim of improving the Chapeltown area and making it a better place to live. We are proud of what we have achieved in Chapeltown, seeing the town centre full of flowers and looking so much better for it. We are also very proud of the Memorial Garden next to the Newton Hall which we have landscaped and which is now open for the community to be able to use all year round. See our Projects page for plans to renovate the “old man’s hut”.
We were formed at a meeting in January 2010, by Howard House and people who had shown an interest in getting the community of Chapeltown together to tidy up and make Chapeltown a better place to live, shop and play.
A group which was set up in 1999 to develop the Garden at side of Newton Hall for the Millennium year, Which was then to be known as the Memorial Garden. This group had not functioned for some years had a small amount of funds in an HSBC Bank account. This was transferred into a new account in June 2010; this account was in the name of Chapeltown in Bloom.
The precinct beds are now filled with perennial plants and seasonal colour added through additional planting in summer. The three-tiered planters provide a focal point for the precinct and despite everyone’s doubts, vandalism has been minimal. There are over 40 planters in and around the centre, which are challenging to maintain but have greatly improved the appearance of the area.
Another key area has been working with schools and community groups. There have been ‘spring clean’ events in, with schools, businesses and community groups coming together to litter pick and tidy up. The group work closely with Chapeltown Library, Friends of Chapeltown Park and Cub and Scout groups have also lent a hand. The Chapeltown in Bloom group have also run a popular Santa’s Grotto for local children and been at events in Chapeltown Park. They are also responsible for the Christmas lights in the memorial garden and looking to extend onto the Island and Park. The newly formed Chapeltown Forum has been another positive partnership to develop.
We need more volunteers to help us achieve more. We have a small group of dedicated volunteers but need more to improve how Chapeltown looks.
• Do you have an hour to spare?
• Like to make new friends?
• Have gardening skills?
Become part of the community and have your say.
Fred of Severnhills Tree Care 0114 3482947 supplying wood chippings for the memorial garden.