Silloth proud to be hosting the Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony 2017

Silloth is proud to be hosting this year’s Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony which takes place today at the Golf Hotel. The awards ceremony is held in September of each year, to recognise and publicise the efforts of those who have taken part in the competition.

Cumbria in Bloom has been in existence since 1983, largely funded by grants from Councils in our region. They were granted charitable status on 5th February 2007 (Registered No 1117828), and this has helped them broaden the scope of their work. Their main purpose is to engage with groups in Cumbria, encouraging participation in a range of competitions that promote improvement of horticulture, floriculture and environmental issues in our region.

Closely following Britain in Bloom’s campaign guidelines, their cohort of judges visit all projects over the summer to evaluate achievement and offer guidance.

At the Awards ceremony today will be various civic dignitaries and representatives from towns and villages from all over the County. Our Mayor, Tony Markley will be welcoming everyone to the town. Representatives from Silloth in Bloom, the Community Garden, Heritage Rose & Bee Garden and the Discovery Centre Garden will also be present.




Britain in Bloom Judges Visit 2017

Britain in Bloom judges, Ian Beaney and Richard Budge visited Silloth on 2nd August, 2017 to judge ‘Silloth in Bloom’.  The town has been nominated as a finalist in Britain in Bloom’s Coastal Town (up to 12k) category and has been preparing for the visit for some months.

After a presentation to Ian and Richard by Bill Jefferson (Silloth in Bloom Chairman) and Wendy Jameson (Silloth in Bloom Secretary & Co-ordinator), the judges tour began at 9.45am, when the judges crossed over Criffel Street to Silloth Green.

The judges were taken first to the Community Garden, where they were introduced to representatives from the Council’s Maintenance Team, Ken Wannop (Parks Manager) and Aaron Ward (Park Supervisor).

The judges were invited to hoist the 2017/18 Green Flag, which was awarded to Silloth for the fifth year in succession.

The judges met volunteers Anne Winter and Judith Scott, who spend many hours caring for the Garden and explained the new plants introduced this year and plans for further improvements.

Next came a visit to the Rotary Club Tree, where Bill explained the background to the tree.

The judges viewed the colourful summer bedding on Criffel Street and provided some useful advice on the ornamental shrubs.

The judges were then taken to the Silloth-on-Solway Community Shop and were introduced to Doreen Mathews and the ladies who work in the shop.  The shop is dedicated to raising funds to support local community activities, having raised over £100k in the last 7 years.


The judges viewed the shrub bed opposite Christ Church where the lavender was buzzing with activity from pollinators. They viewed the new sweet pea planters and provided some useful guidance.

The judges viewed the planters and the drinking fountain which are being brought back into use in other towns.

The judges moved on to view the Mosaic which was created for the millennium.  The tiles were made by youngsters and other local people, to illustrate cherished features of the town and its history, with the actual stone structure and paving having been constructed by our Park Manager.

Next came a visit to the Queens Hotel, to meet John Morgan and to view the colourful display of planters and window boxes.

The judges viewed the planting at the war memorial and at the entrance to Christ Church, including the archway which was repainted by volunteers from the church.

The judges were then shown the garden of a local resident on Esk Street, who was commended for her wonderful planters and garden which is very well cared for.

Silloth is set out in a grid pattern and many houses in the centre have small courtyard gardens at the front of their properties.

The judges then viewed the planters at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, planted by youngsters from the Silloth Cubs and also viewed the gardens and the rare Monkey Puzzle Trees within the grounds.

The judges noted the planters at the Community Hall which is run by the Town Council for the benefit of the local community.

The judges made their way to the Discovery Centre Garden, where they chatted to the Women’s Institute Ladies, who spend many hours looking after the garden.  The judges had a quick look inside the Discovery Centre while they were there.

After walking across the hollow, passing the Good Companions Care Home, the BMX Track and the Town Council Maintenance Yard, the judges viewed interior of the restored Edwardian toilets and also the wildflower border which has really come into bloom over the last few days.

The judges made their way to the Heritage Rose and Bee Garden, where they spoke at length to volunteer, Vivian Russell. Vivian, who designed and planted the garden and cares for it routinely, described the layout and the plants that attract little visitors and help protect the environment.

The judges were shown the Lecterns located at each end of the garden. The layout, the plants used and the insects attracted to the garden are all described in detail, providing visitors with the information needed to plant their own gardens for pollinators.

After spending a considerable amount of time in the Bee Garden, the judges then made their way to the Victorian Pagoda, at which point it started to rain slightly.  Once at the Pagoda, the judges noted the directional heritage panels above the viewing windows and the panoramic view over the Solway Firth to Dumfries in Scotland.

After walking past the Splash pad, the judges walked through the Woodland play area, enjoyed by local children and Britain in Bloom judges alike. Thankfully the rain stopped. The natural areas and pine plantations around the play area was highlighted.

Next stop was the RNLI Station to meet Eddie Studholme and some of the Lifeboat Crew, who provide a vital service and are an important part of the community.

Unfortunately, the judges were unable to visit the Golf Club, due to a lack of time but met Margaret English, the lady Captain from the club whilst at the Lifeboat Station.

The judges walked past Carrs Flour Mill, up Lawn Terrace, through the Community Garden and back to the Golf Hotel, to meet volunteers and have a well-deserved lunch.

Bill thanked everyone present for all they had done over the last year and thanked Ian and Richard for their visit to the town.  Richard then said a few words and thanked everyone, including Bill for making them feel welcome.

We would like to thank Philip Cueto and his staff for allowing us to use the Golf Hotel for today’s visit and providing lunch.  Thanks to everyone who took part in the Town Centre clean up event on Monday which certainly helped in preparing for the visit by the judges.  We would also like to thank all members of our community for their enormous efforts in support of our Britain in Bloom preparations.

Bill Jefferson, Chair of Silloth in Bloom said:    “I think today’s visit went well.  We have focused on improvements from last years’ visit and referred to actions taken on advice from the 2016 judges.  The judges clearly enjoyed this morning, as did we all and thankfully the weather held up………so fingers crossed.”

The Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony will take place in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October, at which time the competition winners will be announced.

Royal Horticultural Society Judges Coming to Silloth-on-Solway

Quest to find cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK begins

From Aberdeen in Scotland down to St Helier in Jersey, Silloth is one of 78 finalists vying to win a Gold award in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) national Britain in Bloom competition.

On 2 August, Silloth will be visited by the RHS judges. The group will lead the pair of judges on a tour of the town, taking in areas including the Green, the Community Garden, the Discovery Centre Garden and the Bee Garden, and a walk around the town.

Bill Jefferson, Chair of Silloth in Bloom and Silloth Parks Committee said:

“Silloth is competing in the Coastal town (up to 12K) category and has already been recognised as one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK by the award of the prestigious Green Flag for five successive years. Silloth has again been invited to compete at national level by the RHS and its entry will be assessed across three key criteria; horticultural achievement and innovation, community involvement and support, and environmental responsibility and sensitivity. Last year we did well at the national finals in Birmingham, achieving the second highest award – the Silver Gilt. We are trying to better that this year in Llandudno in October and we need to demonstrate to the BiB judges this Wednesday that we have improved in all areas.   I think we have and I thank all those who have worked for that. Let’s hope for a fine day”

A dedicated Silloth in Bloom website was set up – – to provide on-line information about ‘Silloth in Bloom and the campaign to establish Silloth as a Cumbria and Britain in Bloom winner’. The Silloth in Bloom Facebook Page can be viewed at:-

For further information, photos and to arrange interviews, please contact:  Wendy Jameson, Secretary of Silloth in Bloom.  Email:  Mobile: 0777 5686857.

Silloth in Bloom Prepares to Fly the Flag for Cumbria in National Royal Horticultural Society Competition

Group shares its top gardening tips ahead of judging

The Silloth in Bloom group has started preparing the town to look its best for this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom Finals competition.

Silloth-on-Solway is one of 79 finalists vying to win a coveted Gold medal and be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.

In August, the Silloth in Bloom group will lead RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their area. The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October.

The group’s volunteers and Town Council’s grounds maintenance staff have been working on the garden at the Discovery Centre, by moving some large shrubs to make space for additional planting. New shrubs have been planted in the beds along Criffel Street and beds have been prepared prior to sowing an annual Wildflower meadow mix in the Community Garden and in the bed overlooking the Edwardian toilets.

Holme Low Parish Projects Group is holding a community litter picking event on 20 May to tidy up the footpath between Barracks Bridge and Causewayhead corner.  Everyone is welcome to come along and pitch in. The group will be meeting outside the Community Hall on Petteril Street, Silloth at 10.00 am, with lunch provided afterwards.

Bill Jefferson, Chair of Silloth in Bloom group said: “Our aim is to get the whole community involved, whether you’re a beginner gardener or a seasoned expert. Even just adding a few plants to your front garden, planting up a container or picking up litter on your street can make a big difference to making Silloth a greener and more pleasant place to live.”

“Last year we won a record number of awards at Cumbria in Bloom and went very close to winning at the Nationals in Birmingham.  This year we stand a real chance of gold in the Nationals in Llandudno. I believe we can do it.”

Silloth in Bloom has shared their top tips for gardeners this month:

  1. If you have a bare patch of soil in a sunny spot, try sowing a bee-friendly annual mix for a big splash of colour that will delight the bees
  2. Finish pruning evergreen shrubs and hedges but take the greatest care that there are no bird nests present
  3. Garden centres are crammed with plants, so now is the time to get more to fill in gaps, clothe bare fences and replant beds and borders
  4. Avoid the Easter rush and go plant shopping before or after Easter
  5. Be wary of buying tender plants (a few more frosts cannot be ruled out) and delay buying tender plants for a few weeks (unless you have a greenhouse to keep them in)
  6. Sow seeds outdoors – hardy vegetables such as carrots, lettuce and peas or annual flowers such as cornflowers and sunflowers
  7. Plant out sweet peas – if you don’t have any, garden centres carry good stocks
  8. Plant tubers and bulbs such as dahlias, gladioli and potatoes
  9. Fill your greenhouse with aubergines, chilli, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes
  10. Dead head daffodils and other bulbs as they go over to encourage bulb production rather than seeds

For more information please contact:  Wendy Jameson, Secretary of Silloth in Bloom. Tel: 0777 5686857  Email:

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