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Windermere & Bowness achieved a SILVER GILT award at the RHS 2013 Britain In Bloom Award Ceremony in Cleethorpes.


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The year, 2011, saw the Windermere In Bloom Advisory Group and the Windermere Town Council accept the nomination from Cumbria In Bloom to be entered into the 2012 Britain In Bloom competition for the very first time.

The Mayor of Windermere, Cllr. Joan Stocker commented:

"Windermere Town Council has been very proud of the Community record in helping to win our Cumbria in Bloom Awards.  We know how important it is to residents and businesses that the area looks good.  We are committing extra resources in the Olympic torch year and golden Jubilee year to ensure that we are looking good and we really hope that we can show the Britain in Bloom Committee what a wonderful place we live in!

We hope all the community will play their part in helping celebrate the big events and enjoy the coming year."



Cllr. Lisa Greasley, Chair of Windermere In Bloom said:

"2012 presents us with a very exciting time with our entry into Britain In Bloom.  This nomination is a great honour to all concerned, especially as part of the double celebration of the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee.  This is an opportunity for our community to work together towards a common goal in making the area welcoming and attractive to residents and visitors alike."


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Award Ceremony - Guernsey, 6 October 2012


Cllr. Lisa Greasley (Chair of Windermere In Bloom) and Mr. Adrian FaulkMatt Baker, Cllr. Lisa Greasley, Adrian Faulknerner represented the community at the RHS "Britain In Bloom" 2012 UK Finals Award Presentation evening at Beau Sejour, St. Peter Port, Guernsey.  The event was hosted by Richard McMahon, Deputy Bailiff of Guernsey and Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS, with Roger Burnett (Chairman, RHS Britain In Bloom UK Judging Panel); Jeff Bates (Vice Chairman, RHS Britain In Bloom UK Judging Panel) and Jon Wheatley (Vice Chairman, RHS Britain In Bloom UK Judging Panel) acting as Masters of Ceremonies.  A drinks reception was held to enable the finalists to feel at ease before the Welcoming addresses, presentation of awards and dinner.   The TV presenter of Countryfile and The One Show, Matt Baker handed out the accolades with the mid-dinner entertainment being provided by GU10 with a variety of shanty songs from the area.


Cllr. Greasley commented "For Windermere and Bowness taking part in RHS Britain in Bloom has been a fantastic experience for the whole community and just getting this far in the National Finals is a credit to all. The effort that has been put into make our town a more beautiful, greener and cleaner place to live will carry on for many years to come by successive generations. Being nominated for the finals for the first time ever was a fantastic honour and I’m so proud of all who helped us get this far. Being involved in Britain in Bloom isn’t about winning, it’s simply about people coming together to make their community a better place to live." 


The RHS judges commented "Windermere is in a beautiful area of the country with outstanding views over the lake and surrounding countryside and the famous high fells of the Langdale Pikes in the far distance forming a beautiful backdrop to this attractive town. The town attracts thousands of visitors a year, which was clearly visible during our tour. This is a major tourist attraction when visiting the Lake District and the businesses benefit from the many visitors. The introduction to the tour from Julie Wright was positive and informative and it was interesting to note that Windermere has been involved with Bloom at regional level since the early 1980’s and had won many awards. Entering the Britain in Bloom UK Finals had certainly galvanised the town and it was encouraging to see so many groups were involved and so many projects had been completed." 


Other comments included:

  • The formal planting by the lake, carried out by the council’s contractors, was attractive and a real feature in this busy area.

  • The Quarry Rigg shopping area was attractive. Its 35 hanging baskets and surrounding mixed planting and seating created a pleasant, informal oasis between the shops.

  • The Winderclean project to involve the community in a litter pick of the area and shoreline was very constructive and it was good to see so many organisations involved.

  • It is good to hear that St Mary’s School has been working through the Eco-Schools awards, reaching silver and striving for the gold in the coming year. Some horticultural advice from the local horticultural society might help with the choice of plants and selection of containers to create more colourful displays.

  • There were some excellent methods of publicity to promote the Bloom campaign including: newsletters, the use of empty shops, posters and logos designed by young people, QR codes on waymarkers and ITV Border filming on judging day.

  • The work by library staff was superb, with several activity days and story-telling events. The bookmarks in the library were also a brilliant way of encouraging people to volunteer.

  • The food group and Towards a Community Transition (TACT) have some excellent projects and ideas to get people involved in growing food and it will be interesting to see them develop.

  • We recognise that the weather has affected many areas this year and has had a major affect on plant growth; however, in order to get the best results with plants in containers, the size of that container/basket is critical and affects how plants develop and flower. The judges suggest that in some places a larger container should be considered with adequate compost. Also a better selection of plant material would greatly improve the floral impact in the town when using containers.

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The judges report on Windermere and Bowness can be seen by clicking here!


The complete RHS judges report on all the 2012 Britain In Bloom finalists can be found by clicking here!


Congratulations - Tim Farron, MP


Judging Day - 2 August 2012

The Royal Horticultural Society judges have been and taken a good look around and come to an opinion on the Bowness & Windermere entry as finalists in the Britain in Community InvolvementBloom competition.   After a short introduction and presentation, the judges started their 2 hour tour of the area, stopping off and meeting local people en route. The first stop was Quarry Rigg, where the flower displays were beautiful, especially in the unexpected sunshine.  Thanks to the shop-owners and to Alan Gardner, the judges seemed impressed and so were Border News, as the TV cameras captured some really nice images.  On to Thornton House and 9 Oaks and an inspection of the superb gardens created by elderly residents, including Audrey who surprised us all with her concreting abilities.  At the Ravensworth and Windermere Hotels, the grounds and blooms were a credit to all involved.  A stop off to look at the new allotments on Orrest Drive was a real success, with plot holder Sandra Metcalfe explaining just hoDisplay Board at The Old England Hotelw much hard work has gone into bringing this project to fruition. Queens Park looked really good and the Water Margin was a place which clearly fascinated the judges.  At St Marys school, the judges got to see the lovely work done by children and teachers in creating an outdoor classroom and vegetable garden, as well as sampling the scrumptious strawberry shortcake! At the Carver Churchyard, the eco congregation was a real feature, with sustainable gardening the headline. At the Baddeley Clock and the War Memorial, the judges were appreciative of the work of local residents and the Town Council in giving these two garden areas a new lease of life, by cleansing, planting and adding some wooden sculptures, thereby preserving the heritage of Windermere.

Thanks go to Nick Berry, the War Memorial gardener.  The tour finished on a hRHS Judges with Logo Winnersigh, with Bowness promenade looking its very best with its colourful flowerbeds and stunning views. The tour was followed by afternoon tea at the Old Macdonald Hotel, where the judges got to meet a large cross section of our community, including the school-children who designed the Britain in Bloom logos. Thanks to everyone who took part - the judges can only have taken away a very positive image of Bowness & Windermere and that is down to every single person who planted flowers, cleaned signs, picked litter and painted railings. We will not know until October this year the final result, but, as first time finalists, we have given it our best shot!

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The results of the Britain in Bloom 2012 contest are to be announced in St. Peter Port, Guernsey on 6th October 2012. Bowness and Windermere, collectively, are finalists for the first time, having been nominated by Cumbria In Bloom, to complete against the very best Towns in the UK.  This is after being declared "Best Town" winner in the Cumbria in Bloom competition for the fourth time in a row last year.

After last years' truly tremendous support from the community of Windermere and Bowness and some resounding successes, such as the 'WinderClean' and 'Community Litterpick', ongoing improvements to the floral displays on the Promenade in Bowness and new-look hanging baskets, the mood is one of optimism and immense pride in what the Windermere In Bloom committee and the communities of Windermere and Bowness have achieved thus far.

Such a fantastic set of results, not just in the 'In Bloom' campaign but in the improvements to the look and feel of the town, is a testament to the communities of Windermere and Bowness, particularly the hard work and dedication of the Windermere in Bloom team, the many helpers who join us to help maintain and improve our town, the many local organisations, clubs and societies with whom we have links and common goals and everyone who has supported us, in whatever way.

The Windermere In Bloom committee owe special thanks to the army of volunteers who turned out to help the Windermere in Bloom team in the last few weeks before judging last year.

Thank you all, very well done and keep up the good work!

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The "Britain In Bloom" Committee - 2011/12


  Cllr. Lisa Greasley - Chair

Windermere Town Council

  Kevin Holmes

Member of the Public


Cllr. Sandra Lilley

Windermere Town Council

  Cllr. Alan Marsh

Windermere Town Council

  Diane Fisher

Civic Society

  Cllr. Joan Stocker

Windermere Town Council

  Cllr. Leith Hallatsch

Windermere Town Council

  Andrew Tallon

Continental Landscapes

  Adrian G Faulkner

Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade & Cumbria In Bloom




Press Release

Public Meeting - 7 March 2012
North West Evening Mail - 17 February 2012
The Hub - February 2012
RHS 2012 Finalists - 19 January 2012



Further Information


Britain In Bloom Information Pack

Floral Displays

Judging Guidelines


Autumn 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)
September 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)
July 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)
June 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)
May 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)
April 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)
February 2012 (The download time for this newsletter can be up to 2 minutes!)


Sponsors and Supporters

Judging Guidelines

The Community 

The Environment 


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Meeting Minutes



Some of the floral displays within Windermere & Bowness.

Quarry Rigg Shopping Centre

Bowness Bay Promenade

Craig Walk

Sutherlands Restaurant

Edge Of The World





Ellerthwaite Lodge Hotel

How Beck

Lonsdale Hotel

Anne Wilson's

Lake Road

Thornbarrow Road

Village Inn



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