For 2022, the Thames and Chilterns Judges were able to visit Twyford again in person enabling some of the amazing projects that have either been completed or are continuing to be work on to be showcased.
The Twyford in Bloom Working Group registered to take part in the ‘It’s your Neighbourhood 2022’, an RHS Award and ‘Thames and Chilterns in Bloom 2022’ a regional award presented by Thames and Chilterns in Bloom. Details of the entries can be found below:
It’s your Neighbourhood – The Stanlake Meadow Project
Stanlake Meadow is a public park and home to Football and Cricket Clubs. The Northwest corner benefits from a copse which mainly comprises a plantation of white poplar with a number of Willows. However, there are some well-established self-sown native broadleaf trees, namely Oak, Birch and Ash.
Working with a variety of stakeholders, this copse area is being enhanced. The project involves additional planting of trees, ongoing management, and enhancement of the area to make it more accessible and biodiversity enhancements. The project also benefits from huge community support and has the added therapeutic benefit of working with nature and enabling residents to meet like-minded people and hence helping to combat loneliness.
What the Judge’s said
A very impressive project which has transformed a corner of a large recreation ground to a haven for wildlife and people alike, and in a remarkably short period of time. Tree planting, meadow areas and habitat enhancements have been carefully planned – the project is a real credit to all those involved.
Thames and Chilterns in Bloom – Twyford in Bloom
The Thames and Chilterns Regional Awards recognises excellence in particular areas. For 2022, these included:
- Caring for the Environment (2022 Major Award)
- Business Involvement Award
- Community Involvement Award
- Conservation and Wildlife Award
- Heritage Award
- Horticulture Award
- Involving Children and Young People
- Pride of Place Award
- The Mark Mattock Schools Challenge
The Twyford in Bloom Working Group brings together groups of volunteers, local organisations, clubs and societies, schools and businesses who work throughout the year to make Twyford a better place.
What the Judge’s said
Twyford has a fantastic community spirit and a real enthusiasm for its local heritage which really shined throughout the tour. There is a real shared passion for improving and enhancing the town, whether making it cleaner, greener, or more colourful, or to benefit health and wellbeing.
The town was clean, tidy, and colourful with all the hanging baskets and other displays, and the Judges were shown a good variety of projects, from the Twyford Growers plot at the allotments to the Millenium Garden, and the restoration and new artwork at what is now the Snooker Hall.
Twyford has made great progress since it first ‘bloomed’ in 2016, it is a great example of a range of groups successfully working together, ably supported by the Parish Council. Well done to everyone involved.