Duston in Bloom 2021
Bloom 2021 Update
Well here we are, already a quarter of the way through the year!
Continuing restrictions make it difficult for us to get any kind of Bloom campaign going with our wonderful volunteers but that hasn't stopped us coming up with ways to get you involved in your community. Our Grow Together Allotment has monthly volunteer dates and we have been busy refreshing the tubs and baskets around the village. We have also added hundreds more tulip bulbs at the Timken Art so do look out for them bursting through.
We know that many of you are collecting litter on your daily walks and we have plans for community picks for when restrictions are lifted. Also, many of you have asked us if we can plant more bulbs around the village and we are taking names of those who wish to join our Big Community Plant Up later this year.
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A few months ago asked you to knit hearts for the NHS and the response has been phenomenal. Just look at the pictures below of what we have been able to put together to display your handiwork.
Thank to you all for getting involved. you are amazing!
To say thank you to our wonderful NHS staff, the community of Duston knitted hundreds of hearts for us to display in various locations across the village
Due to the Coronavirus situation East Midlands and Northampton in Bloom cannot take place in the usual format. We know you enjoyed getting together to make Duston lovely in 2019 and we had already made a start with some excellent bulb planting by the Junior Section of 11th Northampton Boys' Brigade. The challenge is what can we do closer to home so that we can stay involved but keep safe?
So, after the lockdown in 2020 we came up with 3 ways for you to join in from the comfort and safety of your home. We hope you love the results.
1 - Knit for our Tree of Hope
2 - Tallest Sunflower Competition
3. - Sow a Little Happiness Wild Flower Patch
Thank you for joining us, let's do something special together again this year.
Duston Parish Council and The Grow Together Allotment have had amazing success in Britain in Bloom over the last couple of years, with the help of you, our lovely community, achieving several golds at local level and a silver at regional. Due to the Covid-19 situation this year, all Bloom competitions were suspended but that hasn't stopped us striving to make Duston beautiful. Thanks to your continued support we have managed to keep the community allotment going, fill tubs and baskets around the village and create our wonderful Tree of Hope and refreshed Poppy Cascade. Together we have safely connected the community and here is some lovely recognition from the RHS.
Tree Of Hope
You can visit our Tree of hope at the junction of Berrywood Road & Sandy Lane. A massive thank you to all of our wonderful residents who got involved and created such lovely things for us to add to the tree. We hope that the tree will continue to "grow" as the months go by.
The Tree of Hope signifies strength and renewed hope for the future and celebrates our wonderful community who pulled together and remained strong during challenging times.
Last week we made a start on our Tree of hope. Many people stopped to chat, or shouted from their cars and then this happened...Ife really did make us smile with her enthusiasm and infectious personality. To watch the interview follow the link below.
If you would like to learn more about Ife Thomas and what she does, you can visit her website at www.mindworkout.co.uk
So our Tree of Hope is underway but we need YOU, the lovely residents of Duston, to knit just a little bit more so that we can get our third layer on. Thanks to all who have lovingly crafted for us so far.
The Tree of Hope signifies strength and renewed hope for the future and celebrates our wonderful community who pulled together and remained strong during challenging times
Sow a little happiness
A picture sent in from Robert of his wildflower seeds. Beautiful
Another lovely picture of one of residents wildflowers
A lovely bright bunch from the seeds we sent out
Duston in Bloom 2019
We've made a start on our bid for this year's Bloom competition by planting up the Timken Art on the Main Road.
Our lovely volunteers, Jane and Claire, braved gale force winds to put in 100 pansies in the Timken colours of black and orange.
Our Youth Manager, Jenny, ably assisted by another lovely volunteer, Issy, planted a sack of bulbs donated by Howdens Joinery around the village.
The lovely little people at Squirrels childcare also planted bulbs in the tubs outside Duston Community Centre.
We have lots more planting and sowing planned so please do get in touch if you want to get involved
Duston In Bloom 2018
The Grow Together Allotment
2018 Gold Medal Winners!
Well done Jenny & the volunteers
Duston Parish Council
Bloom 2018 Gold Medal Winners
Many thanks to everyone that got involved
Bloom 2018....the story
Following on from their success last year, The Grow Together Allotment will be entering Northampton in Bloom. You can get involved on their designated volunteering days or by contacting Jenny@cypn.org
Duston Parish Council will also be entering and you can be a part of it!
This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved to make where we live even better. Whether that is litter picking, having a community tidy up, showcasing your own front garden or getting involved in one of Duston Parish Council's planting initiatives...it all counts.
We'd love to hear from you, your group, your neighbours...tell everyone you know and we will help you to get involved
We have already got several groups and individuals on board doing a variety of things from making bird boxes and bug houses to knitting poppies for our cascade, which will also count, to painting pebbles for Love on the Rocks, Duston.
The crucial thing is that we can evidence this for our portfolio so do be sure to let us know when you are planning to do something so that we can come and take some pictures
What's more, Bloom is not just for Christmas! We are committed to continuing to make our village even lovelier and will be holding regular community planting days and litter picks throughout the coming months.
Please contact us directly for more details
Hopping Hill School 16th May
We were delighted that children from year 4 at Hopping Hill School joined us to sow wild flower seeds on the St Luke's Field. This was a great example of community engagement and helped Duston Parish Council kick off our Northampton in Bloom bid.
Special thanks to Mrs Cronin and Mrs Killick for their help and enthusiasm and very well done to all the children who made such a great job of it
Wow, Look what a difference 8 weeks makes
Squirrels Childcare 24th May
Children from Squirrels Childcare made a lovely job of the barrel planters at Duston Community Centre. They chose red, white and blue to fit in with the WW1 Centenary theme as part of our bid for Northampton in Bloom 2018.
Thank you to Melissa Swain, Squirrels Childcare owner, and all the children that took part and did such a lovely job
Duston Art Group
Thank you to the wonderful members of Duston Art Group who have been painting nature themed rocks as part of our Northampton in Bloom bid. They had great fun painting them in the spirit of the 'Love on the Rocks Duston' craze that is generating hours of free, outdoor fun for the whole community.
Young people from our Duston Youth Club will hide the rocks around the village during June so you can all have fun looking for them
The children at Caring Kindergartens made a great job of planting up the bed on St Luke's bank. Thank you to all of them and to Jacqui and Darren for their enthusiasm
Duston Youth Group
Look at this fantastic, super-sized bug habitat made by our young people. The critters around Duston will have a great time!
Resident's Garden, Darwin Walk
Having noticed our plea to get involved with Bloom 2018, this local resident was proud to show us her beautiful garden - and rightly so. If any more green-fingered residents out there want to join in, please get in touch
Bloom 2018, The Story So Far...
Please visit our Café Bar at Pendle Road where you can enjoy a coffee and look at a display of our Bloom 2018 bid.
THERE ARE LOTS MORE PICTURES ON OUR GALLERY