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Bridge of Earn in Bloom (Brig in Bloom)

12 October 2015

Brig in Bloom is a volunteer-led community group which has been active in Bridge of Earn for over 17 years. They encourage educational and community environmental initiatives as well as maintaining the flower displays throughout the village.

In 2012, the group received £2,000 from the Innogy Renewables UK Lochelbank Community Fund to support the development and expansion of their local pre-school gardening club, Little Blooms, and the community garden.

Little Blooms offers parents with toddlers the chance to participate in a weekly gardening group, the opportunity to plant and grow vegetables and flowers and learn in a fun way about the growing cycle.

With permission from a local landowner Brig in Bloom have located their gardening equipment and polytunnels to a nearby small field, which they also use for community gardening initiatives.

The funding allowed the group to create 10 more raised beds, plant a mini-orchard and install a bird feeding station in the community garden, as well as purchasing some essential gardening equipment.

The children involved in Little Blooms had fun learning to grow their own food alongside their parents and carers.

Little Blooms is now a well-established club with sufficient resources and tools to carry out a variety of activities, many of which families repeat with their children in their own gardens or using one of the raised beds. The community garden provides a valuable resource for local people seeking to grow their own food.

Brig in Bloom received two subsequent grants from the Fund: £2,000 later in 2012 to purchase additional tools and equipment for maintaining the green areas around the town, and £1,981 in 2013 to purchase additional planters.

George Smith, chair of Brig in Bloom, said: “Brig in Bloom have four six-tier planters, called fall towers, which are self-watering. This means they require less watering and save the group time. This purchase was only possible through grant funding form RWE Innogy Lochelbank Community Fund. The new planters are a great addition to the village displays and helped us gain silver gilt in Keep Scotland Beautiful and Take a Pride in Perthshire awards.”

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