Blooming Buddies

BLOOMING BUDDIES is a group of Newport in Bloom Volunteers who are free to take on projects during the week when other volunteers are at work.  We meet on the first Monday in the month to maintain each of our three main areas in turn:

  • The Lavender and Hellebore Bed by the canal,
  • The grassed walk through from Stretton Avenue to Hawkstone Avenue
  • Wrekin Avenue Play Area (the largest area of all)

In January 2016, fired up by our success in restoring the walk through at Hawkstone Avenue, Blooming Buddies took on the much longer task of restoring Wrekin Avenue Play Area.

In the case of Hawkstone and Wrekin Avenues, T&W remain responsible for cutting the grass and pruning the shrubs.  As volunteers we aim to further enhance the areas for the enjoyment of all residents of Newport.

Summer 2017

With the restoration now well under way we appealed for local residents to help with maintenance during the summer months.  We formed a small but enthusiastic group called Friends of Wrekin Avenue, who meet for an hour on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm.

Spring 2018/Summer 2018

We have already made plans to continue restoring the remaining neglected areas at Wrekin Avenue Play Area.  Maybe you would like to come and help us?

January to April 2019

A lot has happened since the start of 2019 and for much of it we have to thank Newport Town Councillors and residents for their generosity.

The impressive raised bed at Hawkstone Avenue has been built at cost by Rosemont

Building Contractors and filled with topsoil from Newport Fencing and Landscaping. We are now anticipating the arrival of rocks and plants which will be funded by Cllr Tim Nelson. In preparation for the resurfacing of the footpaths at Hawkstone Avenue, funded by Cllr Peter Scott, the flower bed edges have been given a smart, functional finish by a resident of Stretton Avenue.

A neighbour at Wrekin Avenue has let us catch the rain water from his carport roof in a water butt on our side of his fence. Finally, the removal of old gas pipes from the Town Lock Bridge has given us the opportunity to improve this area by using £200 from T&W for shrubs and perennials.

All this generosity has given Blooming Buddies volunteers a lot of enjoyable work, for instance the photo of part of the newly cleared area by the canal bridge represents a morning’s work by 8 volunteers resulting in 20 sacks of green waste.

Spring 2019

Throughout May Blooming Buddies have been hard at work preparing the borders for the summer.

Four years since we started at Hawkstone and three at Wrekin Avenue, the shrubs and plants are now well established and everywhere is filling up with colour.

There is also more evidence of hard landscaping to be seen; useful steppingstones at Wrekin and cream sandstone in the new raised bed at Hawkstone. Bee hotels, made for us by a resident of Ford Road, have been put up at both Wrekin and the canal. Weeding and deadheading will continue throughout the summer but for now the hard work is finished and we can enjoy our gardens.

Summer 2019

The well established bed under 2 trees by the canal shows how successful Right Plant – Right Place can be. In deep, dry shade this bed is currently glowing with white cyclamen and is just as beautiful as the white hellebores were in spring.

Nearby, the small triangular bed between the sandstone bridge, black metal hand rail and brick steps was recently replanted with structural plants to suit their position. These plants have filled out over the summer and the red hot pokers are having a second flowering at the moment.

Blooming Buddies are now turning their attention to enhancing the edges of the tow path with rocks and appropriate planting for a south facing border in front of a hedge. We are raiding our own gardens for plants.

Blooming Buddies