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Barrow in Bloom 2020


We’ve started work already on some of the ideas for Bloom 2020.

1.  We have started a group for Litter Picking around the village one day a month.  It will be on a Saturday morning one month, followed by a Sunday morning the following month.   

2.  We’ve re-planted 3 shrubs removed from Jerusalem Island in the jitty at the top of New Street. We hope to plant a variety of wildflowers here if we can keep the nettles under control! We’re also planning on creating a small area of wildflowers in Millennium Park to allow us to master the maintenance required to keep them looking their best for as long as possible.

3.  Towards the end of November we have a Community Project to get the muddy path at the bottom of Mill Lane play area re-gravelled to make it accessible again for pushchairs and motor scooters. Tarmac is supporting us and we’re in discussions with a local tree surgeon to remove some of the overhanging tree canopy where possible. Please come along on Saturday 16th November and join us for this project.

4.  We’re asking local children to be involved with planting daffodil bulbs in King George V Gardens. Please come along to join us on Sunday 24th November.

5. The RHS plant of the Year for 2020 is the Rudbeckia. To help celebrate thsi lovely colourful plant we are having a special event in the Library on Saturday 21st March, 2-4pm. Collect seeds, pots and soil to get you going for a great late summer flowering plant. Groups are also encouraged to enter a fun competion for the best recycled planter for your rudbeckia plants.

6. We’ve talked to village pubs about having a fun Best Pub Planter/Basket competition. We are running this event alongside the Barrow Open Gardens weekend. Come along and choose the Pub with the best display.

What do you think of the idea of having a Community Garden or Orchard in the village?  We are hoping to get a field on Willow Road once the Parish Council has confirmed plans for adopting the area. Please let us know if you would support this.

If anyone would like to be involved please get in touch with the Parish Council.

Community Litter Picking Group

Our Litter Picking Group is now up and running. See reports below:

  • Event 5 - Sunday 23rd February. After a very rain week and start to the day, we cleared 2 big bags of rubbish.
  • Event 4 - Saturday 11th January. We cleared 11 very heavy bags from Willow Road Play area.
  • Event 3 - Sunday 29th December. We meet opposite Millennium Park, walking along Fishpool Brook jitty.
  • Event 2 - Saturday 30th November. We meet on a very cold and foggy morning at Willow Road/Nottingham Road roundabout.
  • Event 1 - Sunday 27th October.  We meet at Humphrey Perkins school and cleared the footpaths nearby.

Future dates for your diary: (Please see details in the 'Local Events' calendar for where to meet up for the next task)

**As of 17th March - Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing guidelines all future tasks have been postponed**

  • Saturday 21st March - Meet for a 0930 start  at Humphrey Perkins School entrance
  • Sunday 19th April  - tbc
  • Saturday 30th May - tbc

Millennium Park Wildflowers

We made a start this week (Mid February) to revive the existing wildflower area in Millennium Park (Melton Road/Fishpool Way corner). We've cut back some overgrowing branches and bramble and started to clear some grass away in order to scatter some wildflower seeds in early April.  Some more preparation work will be done in a few weeks time.  The branches, bramble and grass has been used to create a new wildlife habitat area nearby to provide shelter for a range of insects and small mammals. A Report of progress to date can be found here.

We are also planning on creating a new wildflower area on the grassy slopes on Fishpool Way. When we have prepared an area and confirmed the date we will be inviting local children to help scatter some seeds with us.

Mill Lane Community Project Saturday 16th November

Please see a summary of progress to date on this project here

We still have some work to complete to reduce the hedgerow once all permissions have been obtained. Thank you to everyone that supported us.

Daffodil Bulb Planting in KGV Sunday 24th November

Thank you to everyone that came to plant some bulbs, whether it was one or many, it all helped.

We look forward to seeing them all coming out in Spring.  Well done everyone!

Barrow Footpaths Group

We meet every two weeks, usually on a Thursday morning. See details and reports from all our tasks on our own page.  

Barrow In Bloom 2019

East Midlands in Bloom Success!

For the second year running Barrow upon Soar entered the East Midlands in Bloom competition. The judges were in the village in July meeting representatives of our many community groups.

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 18th September in Chesterfield, where we  were awarded 141 points and so earned a SILVER!! We were also awarded a lovely Glass Vase for the Most Improved Entrant in East Midlands and a Judge's Award was given to Barrow Open Gardens Team for 20 years of fund raising for Rainbows – a very well deserved recognition.  Our Vase and certificates are on show at the Parish council Offices.

Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you to all the community groups that help to keep our village so vibrant!


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Last Updated. 19-March-2020 By Barrow Footpaths Group