Faversham in Bloom is a group of people who care about Faversham, enjoy living here and want to make it an even better place to live, work and visit. We all share a desire to make Faversham a greener and more floral town. We are volunteers who bring together our different skills, ideas and energies for the benefit of the whole community. We are a group that really can and does make a difference.
Each year, we enter Faversham in the prestigious South and South East in Bloom competition and last year, we won the coveted Gold award for the second year in a row. The judges assess the town as a whole rather than judge individual gardens or displays. Their judging report is a valuable guide for making appropriate and sustainable improvements. We are always ready to listen to suggestions as to how we can do even more for Faversham and all are welcome to put their ideas to us for consideration.
It is widely accepted that a successful ‘In Bloom’ town is one which attracts both visitors and tourists and it has been proven that it has a positive effect on the value of homes and businesses. Our volunteers receive support from both Swale Borough Council and Faversham Town Council, two organisations that fully understand the benefits of the Bloom.
Faversham in Bloom has close links with many related organisations within the town; in many cases, they are represented on our committee. They include:
Abbey Physic Community Garden
Faversham Horticultural Society
Faversham Rotary Club
North Preston Allotments
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
The Abbey School
The Faversham Society
Transition Town Faversham
We are grateful to the financial contributions we receive from Faversham Town Council and our sponsors, Macknade Fine Foods and Brian Kelsey, as well as the support from Swale Borough Council, Blenwood Grounds Maintenance and Swale in Bloom. We use the funds we have to carry out a continuing programme of tree, shrub and bulb plantings as well as funding summer floral displays in the town centre.
Each year we organise the popular and hotly-contested Front Garden competition. Our teams of volunteer judges look at every garden in the town during July. A shortlist is drawn from their results and from that, the final judging is carried out by experienced judges from outside Faversham. The award ceremony is held in early September in the tranquil surroundings of the Abbey Physic Community Garden, always a well-attended and enjoyable event.
It’s important that we keep Faversham people informed about our work and to that end, we post a regular newsletter in our dedicated noticeboard in the town centre, feature regular reports in the local press and mount displays in the Library.
Faversham in Bloom is always looking to the future. Although we have a proven record of success and community involvement, we welcome ideas, input and contributions from anyone with an interest in Faversham. Check the links and contact details below for more information about what we do and what you can do to help.
For more information, contact:
Swale in Bloom Co-ordinator
01795 417 240
South & South East in Bloom: www.sseib.com