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The beginning of July started with good weather. We had to catch up with weeds, they were everywhere, having taken advantage of the absence of gardeners.

Residents were pleased to see us out and working. We had to prioritise our timetable and to try to get out every week as there was so much to do.

Our beds near the Fisherman’s Memorial were a picture, but further down towards Tower Street the thistles had rioted.

We were delighted to meet a volunteer policeman who had started clearing the beds at the Police Station. We had asked that this be done as their weeds were taking over the Bloom beds.

Police Station Beds

This bed wouldn’t exist without the work of the Bloom volunteers. There are many hours of work keeping herbaceous borders clear of weeds and looking good during the year.

This bed is planted with pollinators, bee and butterfly attracting flowers, and even the weeds do this very successfully.

The ground got increasingly hard as July progressed but we cleared it and the Memorial bed and then moved on to the park.

Although the Parks and Grounds Staff had been redeployed during the pandemic, this bed was planted with a wild flower mix last year. It was a picture and we had to do nothing to enhance it.

As you see we are now in August working on our wild flower border at the north of the Stump. The flowers were dying down and the thistles taking over.

We have about 12 active volunteers and it was about now that those who had been shielding came back to us. It was great to see them out and about. All of us strictly adhering to the 2 metre rules but close enough to have a chat when resting from our exertions.

Off then to the wild flower meadow at the Haven Bridge.

Haven Bridge

It was important to prepare for the installation of the buoys by Bex Simon, that went to Norfolk in June for the beginning of the art work.

A plinth has to be put into position to receive the buoy next Spring. We will want to reseed the meadow, and much work needs to be done with heavy gear to prepare the site.

With the help of BTAC, the brambles were cut down and the site strimmed.

Our bird boxes that were here will be resited near by.

Custom House Quay
and Ingram Memorial

It is hard work clearing weeds, cigarette ends and broken glass, but it is worth it from the comments we get from so many passers’ by.

The residents really seem to appreciate our efforts. Many people use this area to take photos and often sit and relax by the river.

We have attracted more volunteers and a sponsor kindly paid for more hi-viz jackets for the team

As I have said, Parks and Grounds were redeployed during the pandemic. This meant that the usual planting schemes couldn’t go ahead. At the end of lockdown the town looked sad without the planters and baskets flourishing throughout the town.

Boston in Bloom decided that we would do what we could to bring colour to the town

The planters round the memorial, in Narrow Bargate and the Memorial Gardens, outside Next, the Old Post Office and the Park Gates have all been planted up with hundreds of spring bulbs, tete-a-tete, small tulips, hyacinths in Bargate, and others, topped with chrysanthemum balls, pansies and daisies.  We still have some to do.

The planters have to be watered and there are no staff to do this during the crisis, so we have borrowed a make shift bowser and volunteers are going around twice a week to water. The rain is a great help!

It has been a strange time for us all and we don’t know what is to come, but we are thankful to the Big Local for their support and we will continue to do our bit to support the town and its’ residents. The RHS have made no definite plans for next year, but we are going to work as normal for Boston