Workington In Bloom


Grow Well

Grow Well West Cumbria is a new Community Interest Company which uses gardening to help people feel better about themselves. They are a new member of the Workington in Bloom family after recently setting up a garden space in Vulcan Park. Anyone can join the group and no experience is required. It’s an opportunity to meet new people and to learn and share gardening skills. The group recently promoted their project at ‘Party in the Park’, a community festival in Vulcan Park, during which they had hands-on activities including sunflower seed planting and making bug hotels.

Great British Spring Clean

Volunteers from Lakes College and Workington Town Council took part in a Great British Spring Clean by working together on a litter pick along Workington harbourside. Starting near the Vanguard Sailing Club, they worked along the roadside and on to the slag bank. Thirty bags of rubbish were cleared during the clean-up and included some unusual finds such as a wall clock, 10 frozen pizzas, and a small shelving unit!

Vulcan Park Wildflower Patch

The management of the large town centre park has been taken over by Workington Town Council. This has led to a new maintenance regime and some rewarding new partnerships. We worked with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to plant a wildflower patch in the middle of the park. More than 100 children and adults from the local community planted 450 plugs and 1 kilo of wildflower seeds in Autumn 2018. The plants bloomed into a stunning wildflower meadow that was teeming with pollinators and enjoyed by all.

Siddick Woodlands

Siddick Woodland underwent a makeover thanks to a £3000 grant from Wythegill Community Benefit Fund.

The woodland is approximately 25 – 30 years old and was used by the mining industry until its closure; since then is has become a green space for the village. After many years of neglect the unloved site was subject to much fly-tipping.

The project aimed to resolve these issues and improve the future viability of the site. It is managed by Workington Town Council and projects have included clearing out rubbish, improving the health of existing trees through arboricultural work, and planting new shrubs and trees.

Many activities were held at the site, including a tree planting day. Approximately fifty young trees were planted including beech, silver, birch, holly, and cherry trees. This was followed by a shrub planting day which included holly, hazel, crab apple and elder.

In addition to the works programme, a number of community events have been held in the woodland, including craft activities and nature hunts. Young volunteers have also assisted with the creation of a ‘bug hotel’ and nest boxes. 49 participants got involved which is a fantastic result for such a small community.

Purple for Polio

Since 2016, we have been working with Derwent Rotary and Workington Rotary to plant purple crocuses across the town. This is part of Rotary International’s work to raise awareness of their ‘Purple4Polio’ campaign. Purple4Polio is a campaign that fundraises for the eradication of polio. Their work has contributed towards polio-endemic countries dropping from 125 to just three. Every year we work with Derwent Rotary and Workington Rotary to fund the purchase of over 10,000 crocus bulbs. These were planted at Mossbay, Hall Park, and Workington Academy. In addition to paying for the corms, we also recruited additional volunteers from South Workington Youth Partnership, Workington Nature Partnership, and Workington Town Council.

Town Centre Planters

We recognised that our planting regime for the town centre would benefit from being more sustainable. With this goal in mind, we removed some overgrown Cordylines from our planters on Oxford Street and Murray Road and replenished them with some ‘incredible edible’ herbs.
The annual bedding from the flowerbed on Jubilee Corner has been replaced by perennial plants.

Town Council staff member, Alison Saxby, aided by volunteer Jen Bradshaw, planted a new colourful and textured design. Removing the annual bedding and replacing it with perennial plants will mean the flowerbed remains colourful throughout the year. It also has environmental benefits by improving biodiversity and reducing the amount of water required to maintain the bed.

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