Duston in Bloom 2021

Bloom 2021 Update

Well here we are, fast approaching Autumn. Whilst our gardens are still showing signs of colour, it is time to turn our thoughts to what we can do now that will give us a jolly start to 2022.

With restrictions eased, we are looking forward to meeting up with volunteers old and new to help us prepare the village to Spring into 2022. Is there an area of Duston that could do with a tidy up? Can we enhance some areas with spring bulbs or add to those areas that have gone a bit sparse?

Please contact Alison to register your interest in our Big Community Plant Up or share your ideas; bcdm@duston-pc.gov.uk

Our Grow Together Allotment has monthly volunteer dates and we have been busy refreshing the tubs and baskets around the village.

We know that many of you are collecting litter on your daily walks and we have plans for community picks so again, please let us know if you would like to join us.

Contact events@duston-pc.gov.uk or call 01604 583626

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

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Tree with flower decorations around it

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

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Picture of the tree of hope

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

Sunny Sunflowers

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Yellow flowers

A tall thin plant

Sow a little happiness

Bright coloured flowers

Sow a Little Happiness Wildflower Patch - Click on image for more info

Yellow flowers

A picture sent in from Robert of his wildflower seeds. Beautiful

Wild flowers

Another lovely picture of one of residents wildflowers

A lovely bright bunch of flowers

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.

Picture of bulbs

Our Youth Manager, Jenny, ably assisted by another lovely volunteer, Issy, planted a sack of bulbs donated by Howdens Joinery around the village.

Lady holding a box of flower bulbs

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

Pictures of children

Duston In Bloom 2018

Picture of winners holding their certificate

The Grow Together Allotment

2018 Gold Medal Winners!

Well done Jenny & the volunteers

Picture of the gold medal winners

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

Picture of winners

2017 Winners!

Duston Parish Council will also be entering and you can be a part of it!

A cherry blossom tree in bloom

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

Tulip bed

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

Children with a wheelbarrow

Wow, Look what a difference 8 weeks makes

A plot of bare soil
Wild flowers in the hedgrow

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

Children potting plants

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.

Painted stones

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

Caring Kindergartens

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

Flower bed

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!

A bug habitat made from old pallets

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

Flower bed
Flower bed

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.