Maldon in Bloom


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Hanging Baskets High Street Flower Bed Market Hill Flowers at the War Memorial

Maldon is an historic maritime town that has two focal points, the High Street and riverside area. Both are important in terms of economic vitality and in attracting visitors to Maldon. The Town Council is passionate about the history of the town but also about present day life here for its residents. The District Council supports this aim by maintaining and improving its green spaces and gardens, and providing floral displays in the town throughout the year.

The High Street is the main retail area, and is also the centre of the conservation area. It includes two Grade 1 listed historic buildings, the Town Hall, the War Memorial, and two closed churchyards, all of which are either owned or maintained by the Town Council. Much of the riverside is also part of the conservation area and includes the Promenade Park, the main leisure area of the town which is maintained by the District Council.

Maldon in Bloom was first launched by Maldon Town Council in 1998 and is supported by the Maldon District Council, community groups and local businesses. Anyone who is a resident of Maldon can enter the competition. All that is needed is somewhere to display your flowers, which could be a front garden, an allotment, your street, a container or the front of your business premises. There are prizes or certificates for a whole range of categories.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2016 COMPETITION

The Maldon in Bloom team have been working hard over the past few months, in preparation for this year’s competition in June, of which the theme is the River Blackwater. As the competition enters its 19th year, we are hoping it will be the best yet, with even more fabulous gardens on display!

The team holds monthly meetings, visits local schools, works with community groups, and carries out work parties; tree planting, bulb planting and most recently a litter pick along the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal. We are always looking for ways to improve the competition and to make it as inclusive as possible to the whole community, so this year we have created 2 new categories; best residential home and best florally decorated shop window. The aim of the competition is to promote pride in the local environment and to celebrate the magnificent green spaces in our town.

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Gold winning
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The recent litter pick - 24 bags of litter
collected in 1.5hrs

Immediately after Maldon in Bloom week finishes in June, we start preparations for the Anglia in Bloom judges in July. During the visit, the judges will get to see a number of the amazing community projects and gardens that the town has to offer. In 2015 Maldon was awarded GOLD in the Anglia in Bloom competition and was chosen as the most improved entry across the entire Anglian region. After many years of trying, this is recognition for the hard work and dedication put in by lots of people, to make Maldon the lovely place that it is for fellow residents and visitors to enjoy.

If you would like to enter please contact Jennifer Eva at Maldon Town Council on 01621 857373, alternatively download the entry form here or visit our Maldon in Bloom Facebook page.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2015 COMPETITION

The Maldon in Bloom team are working hard to make Maldon a bright and beautiful town for residents and visitors to enjoy and feel proud of.  The annual gardening competition is now entering its 18th year and with the continued support received from residents and local businesses it is going from strength to strength!

If you have a front garden to be proud of, have vibrant planters or bountiful hanging baskets then Maldon in Bloom has just the categories for you!  Not to exclude the vegetable gardeners amongst us we also have best allotment and best family allotment categories too.

Other categories are available to schools, nurseries or youth groups, communal gardens, residential streets (minimum of 3 houses), pubs, hotels, retail outlets or industrial areas. Special awards are given to those entries reflecting this year’s theme 'International Sport'.

The competition is FREE to enter and all entries will receive a one-off discount of 10% at the Emporium in the High Street.  The Closing date for all entries is WEDNESDAY 3rd JUNE so look out for the judges who will be touring around the town during the week beginning Monday 8th June 2015.

To thank all the entrants in this year’s Maldon in Bloom competition the Town Council is hosting a presentation evening at the Town Hall on Wednesday 8th July at 6pm – all entrants are welcome!

MALDON IN BLOOM 2014 COMPETITION

The 2014 Maldon in Bloom Campaign was a real success - seeing more and more entries in each category. The judges enjoyed the variation and colour on display throughout the town and were particularly impressed by the community gardens and school projects that they saw.  The school projects this year were excellent and it was great to see the enthusiasm of the pupils, their horticultural knowledge and the pride that they had of their garden displays and allotments.  The allotment garden created and maintained by pupils of the Lower Plume School were this year's winners and were awarded the Sadds Cup.

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Mayor Stephen Nunn with Plume students
receiving the Sadds Cup
Anglia in Bloom judges with volunteers from the
Maldon in Bloom Working Group

2014 was another successful year for Maldon, in the Anglia in Bloom competition, with the town securing another High Silver Gilt Award.  The Anglia in Bloom judges toured around the town in late July and visited a number of special Maldon areas such as; Market Hill Garden, Friary Walled Garden, Plume School Allotment Garden, which was nominated in the special awards category for BEST YOUNG PEOPLES PROJECT (12-18yrs). The Promenade Park successfully achieved the BEST PUBLIC OPEN SPACE for the region.  Areas of achievement - impressive High Street hanging baskets, standard of green spaces, Plume School allotment garden and the lack of litter during the visit.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2013 COMPETITION

The 2013 competition featured a whole range of competition categories for residents, businesses and community groups who were invited to take part in Maldon’s most colourful event of the year. Special awards in all categories were nominated by judges for entries reflecting the 2013 Britain in Bloom theme ‘Edible Britain’.

The Maldon in Bloom judges visited the town during the week of 10th June 2013 to judge each category and the prize winners were selected and notified at the Presentation Evening on Thursday 4th July 2013. Additionally, some of the entries represented Maldon in the regional Anglia in Bloom 2013 competition, for which the whole town was judged during July.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2012 COMPETITION

The 2012 competition saw the town celebrate 15 years of Maldon in Bloom, encouraging local residents, businesses and community groups to take part with the aim of making Maldon a lovely place to live in and visit.

The competition also coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and featured special awards for entries in categories where this was reflected. A special Art Exhibition was also held to in the Town Hall to celebrate both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 15 years of Maldon in Bloom.  The exhibition was open to the public during the summer half term and included art works submitted by schools.

The Maldon in Bloom judges visited the town during the week of 11th June 2012, and prize winners were notified at a presentation evening on Thursday 21st June 2102.  Some of the entries were also put forward to represent Maldon in the regional Anglia in Bloom competition.

The Maldon in Bloom Working Party were delighted to receive a Silver Gilt Award in the Anglia in Bloom 2012 competition.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2011 COMPETITION

Community groups, neighbours, local businesses, schools, nurseries, youth groups and keen gardeners all took part in the Maldon in Bloom 2011 competition to help Maldon become a Blaze of Colour and Burst into Bloom.

The 2011 competition featured a ‘Tallest Sunflower Competition’, which was organised by the Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society and judged in September.  Special Awards were also granted for the best entries reflecting the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Royal British Legion.

The Maldon in Bloom judges visited the town during the week of 13th June 2011 to judge each category.  Prize winners were then selected and notified at a presentation evening on Wednesday 22nd June 2011. 

Some of the entries represented Maldon in the regional Anglia in Bloom 2011 competition for which they received a Silver Gilt Award.

The Maldon in Bloom Working Party were delighted to receive a Silver Gilt Award in the Anglia in Bloom 2012 competition.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2010 COMPETITION

After one of the worst winters for over 30 years, Maldon bursting into bloom seemed a long way off.  However Britain was set for a spectacular spring and Maldon Town Council launched the Maldon in Bloom competition for the end of March 2010. 

In addition to the town centre, pubs, shops and offices displaying hanging baskets and tubs, the Maldon in Bloom group arranged to have planters along Maldon’s historical Fullbridge Bridge.  The categories for children and youth entries also included special awards for a Soccer World Cup theme.

The judging for the 2010 Maldon in Bloom took place on the 9th and 10th June, and all entrants were invited to the presentation evening on Thursday 17th June 2010. Additionally Maldon took part in the Anglia in Bloom competition, which in 2009 was awarded a Silver Gilt.  The Anglia in Bloom judges, judged the whole town for cleanliness and litter free and graffiti free streets as well as floral display, school projects and community gardens.

MALDON IN BLOOM 2009 COMPETITION

The 2009 Maldon in Bloom Competition was launched in early May with competition leaflets distributed to all town residents, schools and businesses. Posters were displayed around the town and publicity in all local newspapers.

Due to the publicity, the Maldon in Bloom Working Party were delighted with the amount of entries in all categories. A Royal Horticultural Society judge visited the town on Wednesday, 10th June, 2009, and was very impressed with the effort made by all entrants.

All entrants into Maldon in Bloom 2009 were invited to an Awards Presentation evening held at the Maldon Town Hall on Thursday, 16th July, 2009 to thank them for their hard work and achievement. The 2008 presentation evening was a great success with over 70 people attending and certificates handed out by the Town Mayor of Maldon.

A major theme in 2009 has been to improve the less prosperous areas of the town. The High Street is long and runs down to the riverside. The lower end of the High Street has suffered in recent years from shop closures and a contraction of economic activity generally. Both Councils are working towards the improving this part of the town which links the retail and leisure areas. As there are are a number of empty premises and many of the buildings are not suitable for hanging baskets, the Town Council has looked at other ways to introduce floral displays and in 2009 began a project to provide lamp posts holders for floral displays on the lower High Street.

Another theme has been working with local schools and youth services. The success of the project in 2008 to brighten up the hoardings in front of major premises on the high street by using local children’s art work has spurred us on. This year Moat Housing Association has worked with the local schools and youth projects to provide art work for its buildings sites on Wantz Road.

Work with young people continues at the Promenade Park where, as well as the work with the NVQ students on the Blackwater Vocational Scheme which is a two year course, the Parks Department works in partnership with all the local schools and, through this partnership, groups of work experience students from Plume Secondary School are working with the parks staff on a number of projects in the Park. One group designed and built a heron sculpture which was installed last year by the ornamental lake and this year a great white shark has been designed  and built by young people of the same age group and will be installed in the Galleon Bed. This year the students raised the funds for the materials for their sculpture by selling standard Fuchsias which they had grown in the Parks greenhouses.

Staff from the Parks Department work with the four primary schools on their “Design and Plant a Flower Bed” project throughout the Spring visiting the children in their class rooms to sow their seeds and prick out the plants. The flowerbeds are planted out by the children in late May in various locations around the town. Two of the beds are planted on the schools premises so the children can maintain and water their plants through the Summer.

The Town Council could not achieve what it does without the close co-operation of Maldon District Council (which is its grounds maintenance contractor as well as a partner) and the many local organisations, schools and individuals who volunteer to make Maldon a lovely town in which to live or visit.

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