SHADWELL’S bid to repeat last year’s floral glory is already taking root.
Village volunteers have planted around 240 maiden whip hedges as they go for gold once again in the Yorkshire in Bloom contest.
Shadwell was given a Gold Award from the RHS-run competition last year, and preparations for this year’s effort are now well underway.
“The maiden whips look like a smaill stick, but this hedging material should take well and establish easily,” said In Bloom volunteer Jean Pick.
“We have chosen to plant a ‘jams, jellies and chutneys’ mix which comprises Hazel, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder and Dog Rose so that in a few years time people will be able to pick and then make their own produce.
“These will be planted in different places around the village but today we start our planting at the allotments on Holywell Lane.
In Shadwell we have a growing number of people of all ages who turn out regularly on a Tuesday morning and work hard to improve our village: a real sense of community and friendship has developed alongside the ongoing work which includes the maintenance of our beds and baskets with annual and sustainable plants, litter picks, working within other organisations within the village and social events.