The theme for the 2012 Britain in Bloom Campaign is Wild about Wildflowers. All finalists could request a packet of wildflower seeds from the Royal Horticultural Society. Seeds were provided by the environmental charity Landlife. The annuals to be grown from the seeds include: corn poppy, corn marigold, corn chamomile, corncockle and cornflower – plants that are Perfect for Pollinators.
Hutton Cranswick in Bloom identified an area suitable for the seeds, where they would add colour and impact as well as increasing the wildlife corridor. The extremely dry March delayed the preparation of the ground until early April – and a few heavy showers! On 27 April a group of In Bloomers gathered on Hutton Green for a ceremonial planting. The whole operation was overseen by Crawford the Cranswick Crane – the new mascot created by Lesley Eldridge.
Hutton Cranswick in Bloom embraces the philosophy of the national In Bloom Campaign of sustainability and environmental responsibility. With this in mind the Plant Group have developed a theme of the Elements for key areas of the village for 2012. Grouping plants to depict Fire, Earth, Air and Water gives plenty of opportunity to introduce colour, texture, variety and sustainability whilst following a cohesive theme. Increasing sustainability can, also, increase community participation as villagers donate bulbs, corms and tubers from their own gardens.
The In Bloom display will incorporate 10 hanging baskets overflowing with red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.