Saturday, October 1, 2022

North Lincolnshire village reaches national finals of gardening competition

A North Lincolnshire village has reached the national finals of the prestigious RHS Britain in Bloom awards.

Amcotts, which is home to just 262 people on the Isle of Axholme, fought off stiff competition to be one of just six communities shortlisted in the Small Village category.

Despite its modest size, the village is putting North Lincolnshire on the horticultural map for its inspirational, generation-spanning community projects.

The driving force behind the projects are volunteers from the St Marks Community Group.

Since their formation in 2015, the group has raised an incredible £175,000 through fundraising, receiving grant support from North Lincolnshire Council, the SSE Keadby Wind Farm fund and Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Partnership.

The village has also gained plaudits for its conservation projects, including establishing and supporting a thriving bat colony, for which Amcotts won a CPRE Northern Lincolnshire Environment Award.

The group’s efforts are contributing to the council’s plan for A Green Future, inspiring positive changes to create a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable North Lincolnshire.

A key part of the plan is enhancing biodiversity by protecting and developing wildlife habitats, as the council steps up its ambition to see North Lincolnshire become carbon neutral by 2030.

Patricia Murphy, a founding member of the Amcotts in Bloom group, said: “To receive this national recognition is wonderful and something we never dreamt of when we started our In Bloom group.

“Our motto is ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and we truly believe that – this nomination just goes to show that with a brilliant community spirit and lots of hard work, anything really is possible.

“While it is fantastic to be in the running for the award, we are not slowing down. Being the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we have extra special events planned, including the crowning of the Rose Queen and Boy Bishop.”

Ward councillors John Briggs and Julie Reed added: “We are delighted that Amcotts has reached the finals of such a prestigious national award and the many hours of hard work undertaken by the community is quite rightly being rewarded.

“We are incredibly grateful to our residents and exceptionally proud of Amcotts.”

Often the village’s projects celebrate the area’s fascinating folklore. The past two years is no exception, with volunteers working hard to create the Tiddy Mun trail.

Named after the legendary Lincolnshire creatures who were believed to control the waters and mists of The Fens, the scenic trail is a voyage of discovery packed full of exciting science, history, geography and art.

As well as this, an award-winning ‘Butterfly Garden’ has been created in St. Mark’s churchyard.

Like all the village projects, young and old came together to develop the garden. Children were given live caterpillar packs to care for.

When released as grown butterflies they would then be attracted by ‘mats’ filled with wildflowers. Lavender, planted by grandmas in the village complemented the thriving habitat.

Judging for the Britain in Bloom Finals takes place in July and August.

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