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Barrow in Bloom 2020

Barrow in Bloom update * April 2020*

East Midlands in Bloom may have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions but we have some good news to report. We have been successful in our application for funding for various groups and activities that fall under Barrow in Bloom. 

We were encouraged to apply to the Carling & Everards Made Local Fund by the Soar Bridge (where we have our post picking coffee and biscuits). We applied for funding to help with our Community Litter Picking Group and included details about our page on the village website where we list other Barrow in Bloom events, either those that have recently happened or are planned.  The team allocating the funding loved the ideas we have to improve the village so much that they have awarded us £750!!

Once all social distancing restrictions are lifted this will allow us to get as many of the events and plans underway again.  We have been able to buy a selection of basic items such as tools and seeds.  The funding has been broken down into the following areas:

Footpaths Group:

  • 3x Hedge Shears, 2x Soil Rake, 2x Brooms, 1x Shovel, 1x Spade, 1x Saw, 1x Bramble Slasher

Wild flowers Seeds for Barrow in Bloom:

  • Butterfly and Bee Mix 1kg, Restore and Enrich Mix 1kg

Litter Picking Group:

  • 1x Garden Trolley, 5x Adult Litter Pickers and Hoops, 10x Adult Gloves and Hi Vis Vests

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We also have some Adults and Children's litter picking equipment on long-term loan from the Co-op Local Community Team.  This includes Litter Pickers, Hoops, Gloves and Hi Vis vests.  Thank you Co-Op.

Barrow in Bloom  - Plans for Aug 19 - Jul 20

  • We have started a group for Litter Picking around the village one morning a month. See details below under Barrow Community Litter Pickers Group
  • 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 and encourage wildlife.
  • We’re also planning on creating a small area of Wildflowers in Millennium Park. This will allow us to master the maintenance required to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. (See further details below)
  • Towards the end of November 19 we had  two Community Projects. The first project was 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. 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. The second project was to get local children to be involved with planting daffodil bulbs in King George V Gardens. Thank you to everyone that came to plant some bulbs, whether it was one or many, it all helped.
  • The RHS plant of the Year for 2020 is the Rudbeckia. Unfortunately the plans to celebrate this lovely colourful plant by holding a special event in the Library on Saturday 21st March have been cancelled due to CV19 restrictions.
  • We’ve talked to village pubs about having a fun Best Pub Planter/Basket competition. We will take this idea forward into future years
  • 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.

Barrow Community Litter Pickers Group

Our Litter Picking Group is now up and running. It will be held on either a Saturday or Sunday morning each month to allow families to join in to keep Barrow tidy.  We now have a Facebook Group that you can join to get up to date information.

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.

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

** 1st July 20 - You can now loan our litter picking equipments for family based events whilst we plan future group events **

Future Group events:

  • Sunday   - tbc

Wildflowers in Millennium Park

Feb 20 - We made a start 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.

April 20 - CV19 Restrictions prevented us from scattering the seeds. We have made plans to do this in Autumn ready for Spring 21

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. 01-July-2020 By Barrow Footpaths Group