Lauder in Bloom
In 2021, Lauder in Bloom was joint winner in the RHS Wild About Gardens Discretionary Award.
Lauder in Bloom works throughout the year, keeping the town clean, green and floral for everyone who lives and works there and for those who visit. The group does this by designing and maintaining the floral displays, along with regular litter-picking and pavement weeding.
The group works with other community groups on gardening and environmental projects, helping to grow Lauder’s gardening community including free seed and plant swaps and an active online group. The group hopes to strengthen the well-being of group members and the wider community, inspiring others to be more aware of what they can all do to help our environment whilst benefiting all of us.
In 2021, Lauder in Bloom won the Jim Murdie Trophy for Sustainability: The sustainability achievements of Lauder in Bloom are too many to mention here, but, to name a few, they have significantly reduced their annual planting, altered planting to reduce watering as well as collecting rainwater, make their own compost, choose not to use herbicides or pesticides, created a meadow to increase biodiversity and education, held a successful volunteer drive and created a local authority-wide ‘bloom’ network, helping all groups continue despite council cutbacks.
In 2019 Lauder in Bloom won the Garden for Life Biodiversity Discretionary Award: Four years ago the group adopted three un-loved spaces next to the play park and football field and has gradually transformed them into ‘Pollinators Patches @ The Park’. These beds have been primarily filled with pollinator-friendly plants and have something beneficial in bloom over a long season, from snowdrops to buddleia. Stems of herbaceous perennials are left over winter to provide valuable teasel seeds for the goldfinches and shelter for small animals. Many locals were interested in the wildlife being attracted to these areas, in particular bees and butterflies, so the group acquired signs which highlight which types and colours of flowers are best for attracting different insects. It has also recently put up several other signs including a Friends of the Earth ‘Bee Spotter Guide’ encouraging locals to take part in the Great British Bee Count, so far run several times with the local Brownies, and has worked with Butterfly Conservation Scotland to create a butterfly ID sign showing the 12 most likely found species in the area and where locals can record their sightings. The local School Gardening Club helped the group to build a big bug hotel in the middle of one of the beds and it ran a workshop on basic pond-building highlighting that even small inexpensive ponds can be beneficial to wildlife along with a log pile. Within these beds the group has also created ‘Bee Towers’ for solitary bees, with varying sizes of holes to accommodate different species of bee. The towers have an accompanying sign so that locals know what they are for, how they are used and what to look out for if there are any resident bees.