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Seaton in Bloom
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 07:48

Cumbria in Bloom judges visited Seaton during the first week in July to inspect the efforts of the Council & villagers. The Seaton in Bloom Group worked hard over the year to make improvements to floral displays in the village. Barrel displays were cleared of 2018 summer plants last autumn & winter plants introduced, which lasted through to May 2019. These augmented the winter flower bed displays at Seaton shops.

Planning for the summer display commenced in March &, following being let down by its supplier, the group purchased the full stock of plants from Bank Mill Nursery at Mawbray, where the business had been struggling to operate as a result o the closure on the Allonby to Silloth road. It was decided to have a theme for the summer planting based around the basis of Seaton's development & displays were produced representing mining, farming & the sea. Group members Mike Ditchburn & Gill Brinicombe spent a lot of time constructing features depicting these themes. A mine head arrangement was put on display on the Parish Green & a sheep farming display on the green outside the Pack Horse, the latter supplemented by a model of Methodist Church originator John Wesley, who famously visited & preached in Seaton in the 18th century. A touch of comedy was included in the latter, by presenting Wesley preaching to his 'flock'. An additional supply of half-barrels was obtained to enable raised displays to be constructed & the group commissioned the construction of half-barrel planters which were sited at the four entrances to the village.

Group member Lynne Hardman developed flower displays by putting together mixtures of complementary plants from those which had been obtained &, with the welcome assistance from the village & the Council, four tonnes of topsoil was transported to & loaded into the barrels, before them being planted up.

The Council's contractors provided around fifty hanging baskets which were hung in prominent sites, & made improvements to the flower beds at Seaton shops, planting them up to a design produced by Lynne Hardman. Some special displays were put in place by small groups. Vicky Smart guided Seaton Rainbows in the planting of the raised bed at the Main Road/Jackson Street junction, with flowers augmented by stones gathered from the seaside & painted, one by each Rainbow, together with shells brought by the girls from their holidays. Lynne Hardman assisted Seaton Academy pupils in the production of a fairy garden, which is displayed outside the school, & Gill Brinicombe helped Seaton Academy pupils in the decoration of silver foil based fish, which were displayed at Jackson Street Play Area & outside Seaton Academy.

A Clean-up of Seaton was arranged by Toni Magean of Allerdale Borough Council at the end of June in contribution to the cause & there were stellar efforts from Allerdale's Ground Maintenance & Cleansing contractors, as well as staff & volunteers from Seaton.

Cumbria in Bloom judges visited the village on 4 July & were very taken with the efforts of all who had taken part. The Seaton Allotment Site was also entered for a special award & the judges were impressed with the layout & organisation of the well-run site.

The results of the community effort will be confirmed in September. Well done everyone who took part!

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