10 September 2019
We’ve just heard that Leighton Buzzard and Linslade has retained its Gold award from ‘Anglia In Bloom’ for the fourth year running – great news.
This is great recognition for all the work done over the past year by the In Bloom volunteers, the Town Council staff, and South Beds Friends of the Earth (who look after Linslade Memorial Gardens, and some 18 other wildlife-friendly sites round the town). And ‘Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard’, the campaign run jointly by the Town Council and South Beds Friends of the Earth, was nominated in the Best Conservation Project category – that’s the community gardening equivalent of being nominated for an Oscar! We didn’t win it, but it’s not so much about winning, as about being assessed by experts and found to be doing a great job.
So thanks in particular to everyone who helps us look after Linslade Memorial Gardens – the team of local residents, members of South Beds Friends of the Earth who help in so many ways, the Town Council, who support us in everything we do here, the various organisations and businesses around town who collect leaves for us (to make leaf mould, which improves the soil), the many passers-by who stop to chat and encourage us and thank us, Mentmore Road Under-Fives, whose delight in the place is such a joy. Its great to be assessed as doing well; but mainly, it’s a privilege to be able to make these gardens a peaceful haven for people and wildlife, and, we hope, contribute to being a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives in war.