Image showing Stony In Bloom Volunteers planting trees over winter

Winter for Stony in Bloom

Winter for Stony in Bloom volunteers didn’t stop them as they kept the market town of  Stony Stratford looking beautiful. Judy Deveson, Chair of SSIB, reminds us of some of the amazing work they have carried out over the winter months.

by Judy Deveson, Chair of Stony Stratford in Bloom

At the end of last year, the death of Mary Sarre deeply saddened Stony in Bloom volunteers.  Before retiring, she was a landscape gardener and from the start of SSIB acted as horticultural advisor. We relied on her horticultural wisdom for all that we did.  We planted a Paperbark Maple tree in her memory on Feb 11th in the 4 Seasons Garden on Calverton/Augustus Road. This was one of the many beautiful flowerbeds she designed around the parish.

Despite wintry weather, SSIB volunteers were out in force in weeding and pruning work parties throughout January and February. Tree planting was our main priority:

  • At the end of last year, we planted 10 magnificent flowering cherry trees in Ostler’s Lane. Ron and Eileen Cox, Jane Wood and part of Cllr Jenny Marklew’s allocation for Stony Stratford sponsored the trees.
  • 11 February – Paperbark Maple tree planted in Mary’s memory in the 4 Seasons Garden on Calverton/Augustus Road, one of the many beautiful flowerbeds she designed around the parish.
  • York House tree planting in memory of Alain Welch who also sadly passed away last year. He created, planned and raised funds for York House Community Gardens and the orchard. His contribution was what made the York House Community Gardens and orchard possible.
  • To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pupils and SSIB volunteers will plant a tree on SMSG School North Site and South Sites. Ron and Eileen Cox are also kindly sponsoring these too.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we’ll be planting a tree at SMSG School North Site and South Site with the pupils from both schools.  Ron and Eileen Cox are also kindly sponsoring these trees too.

Dates for Your Diary

May 21st – The Stony in Bloom Plant Sale in conjunction with the York House Coffee Morning

June 5th – The Town Council’s Big Lunch – We’re organising the children’s pot planting activity with a royal theme

For Galley Hill’s 50-year celebration we’ll mark the milestone by joining the Gally Galley Hill It’s Your Neighbourhood Group to provide a children’s planting activity for the celebrations of this milestone too.

Note from the Editor

As winter for Stony in Bloom volunteers is almost over and finally giving them some relief from the elements, we’d like to thank them for all their efforts.