News update from Hereford In Bloom: bloom

“Hereford in Bloom volunteers are determined to regain the coveted Gold medal status for the City when the Britain in Bloom judges arrive here on Wednesday July 11. The long held Gold was last year dropped to a Silver Gilt as a result of the judges spotting litter near the projects they were visiting.

Litter plagues every town and public spending cut backs puts the issue squarely on the shoulders of community groups and the public at large. The Bloom team is appealing for a big litter pick effort in the days and weeks ahead of judgement day. They are already working closely with the newly formed Community Clean-Up  group formed by Emma Jones via Facebook with fantastic success and also with Jane Denny of Herefordshire Council and her ‘Stop the Drop’ campaign.

Our first priority is to establish the judging route around the city and those community led projects  to be visited by the judges. Your help is urgently needed. Can you nominate those you are either involved with or are aware of. Send details asp to:

We will also be asking you later for reports from your own group together with photographs to feature in the Portfolio published to give the judges a perspective of the wide ranging  contribution volunteers make to the well being of the city. You can view the 2017 Portfolio via a link on the Hereford in Bloom website.

HIB is delighted to announce the formation of The Friends of Blackfriars Rose Gardens in Widemarsh Street, the most historic public garden in the city and its volunteers plan to restore the long neglected garden to its former glory. Membership is £10 (payable to Hereford in Bloom) sent to Mrs JE Ferguson, 12 St Owen Gate, Hereford HR1 1QA. For information on volunteer workdates: 01432 370711.

The Bloom team itself last year restored the Rose Gardens on Ledbury Road, once the site of the City Council’s nursery and now an old folk’s complex.  This year’s new project is refurbishing the roundabouts. The first one to be completed is at Holmer by the Starting Gate planted up with a selection of sustainable  bush plants.

The beds and planters around the city looked exceptionally good and colourful last summer. The winter planting has done well, too, but will be uplifted in early May to prepare the beds/planters for new summer planting. Bulbs etc are offered to community groups for replanting. Send your request to: