Then & Now…
Having concentrated for many years on enhancing the town summer displays in 2010 it was decided to look at additional areas where we could create or take over pocket gardens, increasing the number of shrubs & perennials, reducing the need to include summer bedding.
We started with Victoria Place & have since gone on to do work at Trinity Gardens, Bicclescombe Park Road & Score Layby as well as other small patches around the town.
2016, 17 & 18
We have continued to improve the existing projects with the only new area being the start of the Wilder Road improvements, for which we have to thank Community Resources who did most of the work.
A community herb garden was built for us by Community Resources in the new car park off Fore Street, for the use of local restaurants & residents &a boat obtained to fill a gap at the other end of the car park.
The main project was to enhance the Score Lay-by on the main approach road into Ilfracombe which had become overgrown with weeds. The ground was cleared, rotavated & prepared ready for planting a variety of shrubs – some deciduous & others evergreen – as well as a selection of summer flowering bulbs.
2012 saw us continue to work on existing projects as well as installing new planters at Trinity Gardens which were made for us by Community Resources (Devon) CIC, a company that gives work to adults with learning difficulties.
2011 was a busy year when we started several new projects. We teamed up with Devon County Council & North Devon Council to improve the gardens at Trinity Place, making them more open & a feature in the town once again – much like they were many years ago. The shrubs were cut back & the ground cleared of ivy & weeds. Ilfracombe in Bloom planted the area with a variety of small shrubs as well as some perennials continuing to add further planting & maintaining this area.
With the help of Community Resources (Devon) CIC a small area at the junction of St Bannocks Road & Bicclescombe Park Road, which had been over grown for many years, was cleared & planted with a variety of small shrubs & perennials.
Broad Street Planters – NorthDevon Joint Delivery Team were instrumental in creating a ‘café culture’ area by widening pavements & resurfacing the road at the bottom of Fore Street & along Broad Street. They asked if we could plant & maintain permanent planters if they supplied them. In addition we were able to add a further three to complete the project, thanks to an anonymous donation.
Skate Park – As part of the RHS & Woodland Trust’s ‘Planting Trees for the Community’ we had a year-round colour pack of 105 trees. Half we shared between the junior school for their woodland area & North Devon Council to plant in Bicclescombe Park & the War Memorial gardens to replace the birch trees that had been removed. The remainder we planted at the new skate Park, The Benricks, with the help of young skate park users & Transform on 26th March.
2010 saw Victoria Place undergo a transformation. Ilfracombe in Bloom took over this small pocket garden in the High Street. After weeding, cleaning & painting, the area was planted with perennials & bedding plants.
Rotary Boat – Anew boat was placed at the junction of New Barnstaple Road & Hillsborough Road. The boat was donated by a local Councillor & carries the Ilfracombe Rotary Club sign in recognition of their continued support.