St Ives in Bloom received their third ‘Anglia in Bloom ‘Gold Award’’ at the annual awards ceremony held in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 12 September 2018.
Among the individually identified areas of achievement was the work being done at the Park and Ride area, and the biodiversity of the area surrounding the car park.
Work by the St Ives in Bloom volunteer group began at the St Ives Park & Ride site back in 2014 - with ivy and bindweed being cleared from the main curved raised beds, at the side where the buses leave for Cambridge. This was followed up with a replanting schedule from 2015 onwards, and a special drought tolerant planting scheme which has thrived successfully - despite the windy conditions!
The success of this project, and the support of SP Landscapes, appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council to manage the Park & Ride sites in 2016, has increased the ambitions of St Ives in Bloom volunteers.
Cambridgeshire County Council gave permission for the group to re-plant three more flowerbeds along the main roadway for each of the last three years. Last year the scheme won the award for ‘Best drought garden’ in the Anglia region, and this year it was entered under the biodiversity category of ‘Anglia in Bloom’, and cited as an “area of achievement” by the judges.
Linda Croucher, Chair of the St Ives in Bloom group said: “We very much appreciate all the help from Cambridgeshire County Council and our other partners in achieving this third Gold Award.
“We’re always looking for willing and enthusiastic volunteers, so would ask anyone interested to please get in touch if they would like to help us. Or come along to one of our autumn events, dates of which can be found on our website.”
Volunteers from St Ives in Bloom have regular working parties at the Park and Ride. They run litter picking events to enhance the value of the area for both wildlife and human visitors and commuters. In the growing season they also weed the flowerbeds and care for the plants. For details of all their working parties and to find out more visit www.stivesinbloom.co.uk.