A stipa gigantea in the Church Street flower bed was recently cut back as it was obscuring the view of road signs at the junction with Market Street. The ornamental grass with tufts of foliage and spikes of flowers has now been removed completely and will be replanted by Crewkerne in Bloom at the Rotary Stone flower bed in South Street, where its height and structure will not cause visibility problems.
Volunteers from CiB have continued to manage several of the flower beds in Crewkerne, producing colourful displays for everyone to enjoy. Despite the current restrictions on social movement and working parties, members of the prize winning community organisation have tended the areas safely in pairs, during the quieter times of the day and have been working behind the scenes, applying new coats of varnish to planters and repainting the bicycles.
Crewkerne in Bloom hosted its first public online meeting on Wednesday evening with guest presenter, Katherine Crouch. Around 20 people signed in to hear multi-award winning gardener Katherine Crouch, talk about re-wilding Crewkerne and planting and managing wildflower areas. Katherine who lives in South Somerset, is a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, BBC Gardener of the Year and of the Decade and past participant in the National Garden Scheme. The audience enjoyed receiving expert tips from Katherine, in the comfort of their own homes. For more information on Crewkerne in Bloom and to sign up to receive CiB’s monthly newsletter, visit www.crewkerneinbloom.org.