Whilst recapping on last years article it reminded me of why our gardens and green spaces are of such importance. While tending our front garden I all too often stop and chat to neighbours and slightly less familiar faces from the end of our cul-de-sac. Without the garden as a casual introduction I wouldn’t have got to know my neighbourhood half so well.
During this first year of Birstwith in Bloom (BIB) I am frequently to be found up and down the village with my wheelbarrow doing a job here or a job there. I meet kind volunteers doing the same thing, many of whom have been doing it longer and making such a differance. Because of our common interest I can now put many more names to faces. Through BIB I can feel the pride in our village growing and an awakening that we can achieve more for the common good. Our Saturday working parties have been met with kindly comments and those who can’t join us have been generous in their donations. Anyone can help, in any way they choose, getting involved is as important to the “In Bloom” criteria as what we achieve in the end.
The B.H.S is gearing up for a bumper 150th Show in the summer of 2017 and our village and everyone in it through the “in bloom” is playing a big part. A bursting show tent of produce, a teeming field and a cohesive village would be the icing on the cake (and of course sunshine would help).
Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and a productive and prosperous New Year from all at the B.H.S and BIB.