Previous Projects

Boughey Road

Boughey corner was one of those small areas in the town that people walked past without paying it any attention.  Following the housing development on Wellington Road, it became a potential resting place on the way into town for many new pedestrians.

It had become quite overgrown and was a dumping ground for litter but after some hard work it became an area of beauty for people to sit and relax.

We cleared the rubbish, chopped away at hedges and pulled up weeds.

We then planted a holly bush, large dahlia pompon mix bulbs and scattered Californian poppy jelly beans seeds, as well as planting 3 Chinese lanterns, perennials and several climbing nasturtiums.

This little garden has a lovely bench with litter bin and is situated just opposite one of the largest G.P. practices in Newport.

In just a few weeks we created a beautiful spot for people to sit and relax and enjoy the flowers.

Hutchison’s Way Entrance Station Road

Clear the area of scrub, invasive weeds and removed unwanted saplings.

Scrub Clearing

Hutchison Way- Scrub Clearing

Planting

Plant native primroses along the hedge as they were in the time of the railway together with specimen trees, flowering crab apple, rowan, flowering cherries and guilder roses to attract wildlife together with 30,000 crocus, narcissi, camassia and grape hyacinths

HUtchison Way- Planting

In Bloom!

Some of the results of our labours

Hutchison Way- In Bloom!

Pyramidal Orchids

A rare Orchid in parts of Europe. This plant was declared “Orchid of the Year” in 1990 to heighten awareness of the plant.

As a result of the actions we have taken we have seen the return of the pyramidal orchid to the area.

Fencing

Replace old chain link fence with post and rail fence provided by local sponsor TAFS.

Hutchison Way- Fencing

Fundraising & Sponsorship

New large sponsored planter located near Station Road entrance.  BBQ for local residents which raised over £500.  This money was used to purchase an old Shropshire rose – Wild Edric from local growers David Austin Roses.  These have been planted at the entrance in front of the fence.

Fundraising & Sponsorship

Improvements through Partnerships

Working alongside Telford and Wrekin Council to improve the footpath to enable disable people to have access to the footpath as well as a new “kissing” gate at the entrance and a wooden bridge over the stream to the left of the footpath.  We also worked with Shropshire Wildlife Trust to provide new signage showing the route of Hutchisons Way and the wildlife likely to be seen which is invaluable in teaching our young people about conservation and their surroundings.

Hutchisons way- Improvements through Partnerships

Re-Opening May 2008

Hutchison’s Way was re-opened in 2008 by Mrs. Hutchison who lead a group of over 150 volunteers, school children and local residents along the improved footpath to Lilleshall.  The newly improved footpath provides a safe route for local school children to traverse the area.  In addition the footpath and surrounding green belt is popular with local residents, the local scout and guide groups and provides a haven for a wealth of wildlife.

Hutchison’s way-Re-Opening May 2008

 

Hutchison’s way- Future plans

 

 

New Style Planters for the Town Square

Newport in Bloom was successful in obtaining an allocation of £12,500 through Telford & Council’s “Pride in Your High Street” fund, which has been spent on new planters for the Town Square and Buttercross sites.

The funding agreement with Telford & Wrekin Council stipulated a number of requirements which had to be met, but our project was relatively straightforward and the planters were delivered and installed in time for summer planting.

We have 8 new high level planters in total – in The Town Square, by The Buttercross and on the corner of Water Lane. Those in The Square meet the requirement of preventing cars from parking on The Square and should also help to reduce the temptation for late night revellers to indulge in flower fights, which was a recurring problem with the previous planters.

Newport planters

We worked hard to achieve this award for our High Street and, although it took longer than anticipated, the result was well worth waiting for and The Square is blooming again this summer.

The Fish Sculpture

We were disappointed when we had to lose our Mediterranean Bed to a new housing development but in fact, this has presented us with an exciting opportunity for a new statement bed at the Stafford Road entrance to the town..

 

 

 

 

 

The Mediterranean Bed had to be sacrificed to allow access to the building site and the subsequent re-design of the road. Originally the Mediterranean Bed should have been re-instated but the space left for it was insufficient to allow for a statement bed at a major entrance to the town, so we had to re-think.

It was felt that this was a great opportunity to create a gateway sculpture, loosely linked to the historic three fish on Newport’s coat of arms.
We said “Goodbye” to the Mediterranean Bed and moved the smaller Jubilee Bed across the road to where it used to be, leaving a large area of grass verge on the opposite side of the road free for a new feature. Volunteers then built a prototype and chose the exact location for our 3 fish, which needed to be visible from all 3 approaches. Our two experts measured carefully & drew up a site location plan for our Planning Application.

 

 

 

 

 

The planning application was submitted back in 2016. With all requirements being fulfilled we are delighted that in June 2018 the three fish were finally installed. The completed sculpture shows three magnificent fish swimming in a bed of blue & white, giving the impression of water. We have already had so many positve comments about them, we hope that they will become as iconic as the Sheep on the Station Road Roundabout.

Hawkstone Avenue

The project started in 2015 and was instigated by volunteer and local resident Cath Demet.
Clearing the old shrubbery was a big job that took a great team effort and we were grateful to our male volunteers for their work here.
It involved the clearing of the undergrowth, digging circles for tree planting, relocating a wooden bench and appropriate planting.

Trees planted:
3 x Malus John Downie – crab apple
3 x Shropshire Damson
1 x Crataegus Galli “Cockspur Hawthorn”

Around the trees we planted a selection of spring bulbs including muscari (grape hyacinths).

In the main bed area (partially shown above):
Hydrangeas – arborescens “Annabelle”
Lavender – Imperial Gem
Veronica – Spode Blue
Small variegated shrup “Pittisporum tenufolium variegatum”

This desolate looking area of wall by the bin was planted with:
3 x Wild Edric roses
Tulips and daffodils for the spring
Dahlias

We also planted London pride along the path towards Stretton Avenue

The park’s  attractive wooden bench had been situated in the centre of the area, at the end of a path which was effectively a cul de sac.  Cath had noticed that the bench was not being used, probably because it’s location was a destination rather than a thoroughfare.  It also had it’s back to the sun.

With the help of Telford & Wrekin, the bench was re-located to the main path, facing the sun, and replaced with a planter to discourage ball games – which are not permitted in the park.

Lavender plants were planted to the left of the bench and the grass area to the right of the bench was seeded by the Council.

Cath: “One of the joys has been seeing the bench being used by the elderly as a resting place on their journey to or from town.  This will be even better for them when the lavender comes into flower and the scent wafts around the bench.”

“It has been nice to hear local people commenting on how they are appreciating seeing the area being taken care of and looking so much better.”

Having reclaimed the beds from the undergrowth, the main problem now is the growth of weeds which are threatening to completely engulf all of the planting in the main bed. Hopefully with repeated weeding sessions we will get them under control.

Graham and Cath – without whom none of this would have happened!

Hawkstone Avenue

The Old Railway Line

  • The “planters” on a November morning (2014) who planted 420 “Wildlife” trees.
  • In March 2015 we planted rowan, hawthorn, hazel, silver birch, dogwood & wild cherry to provide more colour in future years on the second side of the path.
  • The Church Aston Scouts joined our volunteers in March 2015.
  • Two local people dog walking in sunshine May 2016.
  • Our new hedge after the clearing of grass by volunteers (2015). Telford and Wrekin keep the grass cut.
  • Clover and thistles were left for the finches.
  • Several people donated trees in pots which they did not want to throw away but which were too big for their own gardens. They have been planted along the old railway line and  are mostly oaks, damsons and rowan

The old railway

 

Forton Road

As a new committee, we agreed that something needed to be done about the roadside verges near the Forton Road roundabout entrance to Newport.

Following several meetings with Adrian Corney of Telford and Wrekin Council, we decided that, collectively, we would plant 6 native species rowan trees in Spring, followed by native English bluebells and daffodils in Autumn 2013.  Clearing the brambles etc first was no mean feat for our volunteers!

In the meantime we also replaced the old concrete planters with two tractor tyre planters,  which are more ‘in keeping’ with the rural area.

Forton Road

 

The Pound, Chetwynd End

Newport in Bloom volunteers had been planting The Pound for five years but in 2014  with the help of local builders, the area was completely transformed.

All plants were removed, soil dug out, levelled and replaced with a layer of gravel.   New tubs and planters were installed and filled with bulbs and seasonal plants. The result was this peaceful resting area offering a magnificent view towards Cheney Hill.

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The Sheep Island on Station Road

The Sheep Island is now more than ten years old and has become a local landmark. The sheep sculpted by Christy Bowdler from South Shropshire have fared well although need a rust proof paint every couple of years.

The original idea was to have the sheep standing on cobbles in an old pen, rescued from the old cattle market in the midst of a wild flower meadow.  On the whole this has worked well.

The spring cowslips and primroses on the bank are beautiful in April, from May onwards the meadow flowers spring into action and by June are at their best. From then on the whole island changes as the flowers mature and drop their seeds.

A team of volunteers monitor the island. This involves decisions on management such as controlling invasive flowers, dandelions and sorrel, trying to keep the grass growth down by spreading yellow rattle seeds that feed on grass roots.

The first cut and collect can happen as soon as July depending on good warmer conditions. The meadow is cut and raked to spread the flower seeds and a second flush of flowers will often take place.

If anyone would like learn about flower meadows and the management of the Sheep Island, please join us.

The Boughey Memorial on Station Road

The Memorial (as it is known locally) on Station Road is the place where an obelisk commemorating the death of Sir Thomas Boughey stands, having been moved from the centre of Newport many years ago.

The Memorial was improved by residents in 2004 as part of a Newport in Bloom initiative.  Fund raising at this time was £900 and this was used to buy stone and wooden planters and other associated items.  Since then the area has been planted, maintained and watered by residents.

In 2016, this area was once again reviewed.  Sadly, it had become very unsightly with an overgrown evergreen, uneven slabs and a frequently vandalised telephone box being the main problems.

Although, the phone box was seldom used, many people still used the bench when walking to and from town, especially the older residents. Newport in Bloom had also been approached by several local residents wishing to use this area as a place of memorial for their loved ones.

The Station Road residents decided that the removal of the much neglected phone box and large evergreen tree would be an improvement and that the whole site should be re-landscaped. Work commenced as a joint project with Newport in Bloom volunteers and Telford & Wrekin Council’s Environmental Maintenance team.

Station Road volunteers raised sponsorships and obtained a grant from the Community Volunteer Officer of £4000 to cover the cost of relaying slabs and the replacing the tarmac.  Resident Nigel Beal designed a 3- tiered railway sleeper planter which was constructed by volunteers, who also removed tree roots and replaced top soil ready for planting.

Our volunteers have now planted an interesting perennial planting of a tree, shrubs and roses. This area is transformed and is a pleasant place for the community to rest on their way into town.

This is another successful joint project of the Newport in Bloom team working together with the Town Council and the local authority.

The Boughey Memorial on Station Road