Great Menston Bulb Plant
Thank you to everyone who generously contributed to our Bulb Campaign. We have now planted all the donated bulbs in the park, Butterfield Park, the Peace Garden and in various planters, so this years campaign is now finished! I’m sure we will do something similar next year, and in the meantime we look forward to a lovely cheerful display in the spring. We would also like to thank the Library for being our central collection point and creating an appropriate display of books!


The Peace Beds
The two beds by the entrance to the library are about to be replanted with a predominantly white planting scheme. Inspired by ‘Peace’, roses, anemones and agapanthus, along with snowdrops and tulips will provide flowers for many months.
The roses have already been planted, and we are grateful to a few generous individuals who have donated to MIB to pay for some of the plants.
Please contact MIB at menstoninbloom@gmail.com or message me via our Facebook page.


Work Sessions
Work sessions are still happening for a few more weeks (weather permitting!). Check out our fb page for more details!

All sessions start at 9.30am.
Meet at the proposed work session site.

May be subject to change due to weather...

Reminders will be sent out via email and posted on the MIB Facebook page.

For more info contact Gemma at menstoninbloom@gmail.com



Chairwoman’s review of 2017/18

It has been another successful year for MIB, despite some challenging weather! A full programme has kept the group busy throughout the year, but as usual, it hasn’t been all work - we have enjoyed ourselves too. We did not enter Yorkshire in Bloom, for similar reasons to previous years, namely some areas still needed improvement and we do not need the deadlines of a YIB judging to motivate us! The group remains strong and motivated and full of ideas for the future.


Horticultural Achievement
The seasonal planting at Kirklands, the Coop and St Peters Way has been a great success this year, both spring and summer. The summer display, of purple and white to commemorate 100 years of the suffrage movement, has been particularly lovely and has prompted lots of very positive comments from the community.
Another area that continues to develop well and draws lots of positive comments is the Railway Path.
More bulbs have been planted in the Park, at Butterfield Park and in various planters.
The two beds outside the library have been transformed this year into the Peace Garden. White roses, anemones and agapanthus have been planted along with a whole range of white flowered bulbs, and a plaque with appropriate (and lovely) words (thank you Judith) has been placed on the wall alongside.
Climbing roses have been added to Butterfield Park, with suitable wire support attached to the rear wall (thanks Simon and team).
The poppy bed in the park had been such a success it was decided to create another near the children’s play area. Both beds struggled with the dry summer, with very limited and late germination resulting in a late and less impressive display of flowers.
The redevelopment of Barn Close continued with clearing the final bulbs and removing weeds before improving the soil and covering with a membrane. It will be mulched soon and a new planting scheme is being finalised.

Environmental Responsibility
It has been a challenging year weather wise - a long, cold spring almost immediately followed by a hot dry summer has meant that is has not been the easiest of years! We could not water everywhere, so some areas just had to get on with it. This does mean we have lost a few plants, but generally the more established planting has survived well. We did water the seasonal planting at Kirklands, St Peters Way and the Co-op weekly throughout the summer, along with the new planting in the Peace Garden. Thanks to all who helped.
A project with the MCA, funded through the Co-op community fund, and working with the school and the scouts, has seen new bird and bat boxes put up throughout the village, from High Royds Memorial Garden to Butterfield Park. An evening presentation at the school was well attended and filmed as part of the project. The finished film had a public screening and is available to see on YouTube. A trail will be finalised soon.

Community Involvement
The scouts and beavers again planted bulbs in the park, and along with the pupils at the school, have been involved in making and placing the new bird and bat boxes throughout the village.
Following the success last year, the Great Menston Bulb donation scheme has been run again, with the Library creating an appropriate display of gardening books and collected the donations on our behalf. We were nominated as Community Champions by Ribston Pippin, who also contributed to the bulb campaign with a generous donation of daffodils which we planted in Butterfield Park. The railings at Butterfield Park have been painted, which has been possible through a generous donation from Mark and Peter Butterfield and help from the Parish Council.
We had help from the Mormon Helping Hands youth group to move and spread two large loads of mulch at the Railway Garden.
The annual Strawberry Tea and Plant Sale was a great success, raising a record breaking £1080. Thank you to everyone who helped, and particular thanks to Rosemary and Quentin for opening up their lovely garden once again.

MIB continue to contribute to the Community newsletter, which is distributed to all residents 3 times a year, and also keep the Parish Council website, menston.org, up to date with the groups activities.
The Menston In Bloom Facebook page is also kept up to date, with news of workparties and campaigns. Through these various means, we have recruited new members, lots of support, and funding.

But it’s not all been work and no play! We enjoyed a Christmas get together and a summer BBQ (thanks to Alan and Andrea) and of course, lots of chat and laughs whilst working!
So thank you to everyone who has weeded, planted, dug, swept, baked, made tea, watered, mulched and generally made this year another fun and successful one for MIB.





Chairwoman's Review 2016/17
My first year as Chairwoman has been a productive one, and also a fun one. We have had a busy year during which we have welcomed new members to MIB, which should help to maintain MIB as a strong and thriving group. As last year (15/16), we decided not to enter Yorkshire In Bloom as it was felt not only that there still work to do in key areas, but that we did not ‘need’ the deadlines in order to maintain our work schedule.

Horticultural Achievement
We continue planted more bulbs throughout the village, planting over 2000 bulbs in the park, in the wildflower bed and also in the gyratory.
We have begun the task of tackling railway garden, using a specific weedkiller to try and get on top of the Marestail. We shall see if that has been successful next year. On a positive note, the hydrangeas have looked particularly good this year.
At Barn Close, we are making significant changes. The old, overgrown shrubs have been removed in readiness for replanting in a new Japanese inspired design. By using a horticultural membrane, this area should be much more low maintenance, as well as being beautiful.
At the Stocks Hill bed, planting has been boosted with more purple and gold perennials, including echinacea, verbena and Crocosmia.
The planters at Kirklands, the Co-op and at St. Peter's Way have looked particularly good this year, both in spring and in summer, with plenty of positive comments from residents.
New this year was a bed full of poppies. Positioned prominently in the park, they have created a lovely display and again, lots of positive comments have been forthcoming from villagers. We plan to sow the same mix again next year, in commemoration of the end of the 1st World War.

Environmental Responsibility
The planters at Kirklands were watered on a regular basis over the summer, using both the water butt and the fire hydrant in Kirklands (thank you Vicky). This helped produce and sustain a lovely display. Thanks to all those who came along.
Another Red Oak was planted in the park to replace the one that failed.
The wildflower meadow and the gyratory were both strimmed.

Community Involvement
In spring, we were invited to create a display in the Co-op to promote not only MIB but also their community fund. MIB and MCA have now received 3 allocations of money, which is being used to make and place bird boxes in the school grounds and will help fund the changes to Barn Close. In addition, we talked to lots of people and gained new active members as well as potential future funding. Thanks to all those who gave up time to chat!
A stunning floral bicycle was created and displayed prominently in the Railway garden for the Tour de Yorkshire in April. Thanks to Sandra, Rosemary, Sue, Quentin and the rest of the team for the all the hard work that went into such a wonderful piece of art!
The Scouts once again helped plant the bulbs in the park, making short work of over 2000 bulbs on a cold November morning.
The Explorer Scouts made a big impression on Barn Close, helping to remove the overgrown shrubs in preparation for replanting.
The Annual Strawberry Tea and Plant Sale was a great success, despite the torrential downpour minutes before it opened! We raised over £800. Thanks to Jo & Mike for the use of their delightful garden.
MIB contribute to the Community newsletter, which is distributed to all residents 3 times a year, and also keep the Parish Council website, menston.org, up to date with the groups activities.
The Menston In Bloom Facebook page is also kept up to date, with news of workparties and campaigns. Through these various means, we have recruited new members, lots of support, and funding.
The Great Menston Bulb Plant scheme has already been successful, with people donation bulbs and leaving them in the newly reopened, community managed library.
Elsewhere in the village, the churches continue to maintain their grounds to a high standard and the High Royds Memorial Garden continues to develop well.
Of particular note was the beautiful flower festival at St Johns Church - a credit to all those who took part.

Another successful year for MIB. It hasn't all been hard work, with a Christmas get together and a summer BBQ (thanks Rosemary &Quentin). With plenty of plans for the future, I look forward to another year, challenges and all! 

contact MIB at menstoninbloom@gmail.com , find us on Facebook
if you would like more information, or would like to come and help us!

Thank you!