Pudsey has a number of wonderful groups and charities within the town. Each month we want to shine the spotlight on one and let them tell you more about what they’re up to. This month, it’s the fantastic Pudsey in Bloom! Pudsey in Bloom are responsible for the numerous floral displays you can see around the town in the barrier troughs on some small parks.
We caught up with Margaret Lowham and Barbara Thomas to find out more about what they’ve been up to in preparation for their new season.
Pudsey in Bloom was founded in 2003 as part of an initiative by Leeds City Council. It is allied to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom programme which operates nationally, regionally and locally. We are a local group all living within the wider Pudsey district.
We are a voluntary community group with a focus on the local Pudsey area.
We are proud to be making our town look attractive for the pleasure of local residents and to support local businesses by creating an environment inviting to shoppers and business clientele.
Our group at the moment consists of mostly retired people who want to continue playing an active role in the community. Anybody who is free on weekdays are very welcome to join however, we do have some younger members. We normally meet on Tuesday mornings at 9.30. We enjoy seeing the difference our floral displays make and we know from feedback they are appreciated and contribute to the wellbeing of local people and visitors.
Our key role is to plant the barrier troughs and many planters in the area. We do this twice a year with seasonal planting. We are also responsible for several small planted areas around Pudsey like Sparrow Park and the Lowtown tripe baths garden. We have worked with Pudsey Cemetery and Chapel reworking flower beds there. This year we are planning two wildflower meadows in Pudsey Park.
We also take part in community events like the carnival and the scarecrow festival. We are a sociable group, we have an annual day out together and organise activities within the group. In the past we have entered the regional Yorkshire in Bloom competition with various results but in 2017 we were very proud to finally win a gold medal. We would like to try and repeat this success in the future when the world gets back to normal.
We are always delighted to welcome new members. This summer we are hoping to be able to widen our membership by having a weekend group once a month. This will give opportunities to younger people who work during the week. Details of this group will appear on our website and our Facebook page in the coming weeks. You can also get more information and how to join the group there as well.
Want to know more about Pudsey in Bloom? You can find out more by visiting them over at their website Pudseyinbloom.co.uk , alternatively you can keep up to date with everything they’re up to by giving them a like over on the Pudsey in Bloom Facebook page.
If you want to get involved with this wonderful group, get in touch via their email address Pudseyinbloom@gmail.com