Crewkerne In Bloom is showcasing the town’s beautiful gardens on its Facebook page, with photographs taken by the community organisations’ member Sue Ayers. The initiative, to help keep continued interest in CiB, while volunteers are restricted what they can do in the community by Covid, was proposed at their June meeting on Zoom. Ms Ayers volunteered to visit Crewkerne’s ‘hidden gems’ to view the abundance of flowers and different landscapes.

One of the first gardens visited by Sue was Geraldine Clotworthy’s, which normally takes part in the annual Open Gardens, organised by the Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church but cancelled in May, due to the Covid lockdown. Geraldine’s colourful and scented garden was the setting for Calypso music by steel pan duo, Pandango, during Art in the Garden, organised three years ago by Creative Crewkerne.

Volunteers from Crewkerne in Bloom have been busy re-varnishing the planters made for them by the Men’s Shed and re-painting donated bicycles. They have also been tending the community flower beds in West Street, Church Street, South Street near the Rotary stone and at the Pill Box beside the A303, working singularly or in pairs in their pink safety vests, during early mornings and evenings.

Hanging basket displays provided by CiB were sadly ruled out this year due to the problems watering them and maintaining social distancing, during the Covid-19 pandemic. CiB is however hopeful that flower bikes may become a more prominent feature in the town and are also planning to plant thousands of purple crocus bulbs later this year, which will provide a spectacular show next spring. For information on how your garden can feature on Beautiful Crewkerne Gardens Showcase 2020, email To become a member of Crewkerne in Bloom or to volunteer your services, please email or telephone 01460 72665.

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