Lauder in Bloom
Initially formed to address the lack of colour and greenery in Lauder. The group works with local businesses and other community groups and is busy transforming unloved areas as well as providing planters and hanging baskets along the main street. The group also organises various community events throughout the year including workshops, litter picks, willow pruning, garden competition, tree and bulb planting as well as decorating the main street with festive greenery at Christmas.
In 2017, the group won the 'New Entrant Award':
The group began just over three years ago, partly as a response to a comment that not much could be done to brighten up the town. A small core group of 11 ‘have-a-go’ gardeners feel well supported and appreciated by the community, and works with various groups of all ages from playgroups to the sheltered housing residents. The group began by adopting a handful of Council beds and six unloved planters. It is continually expanding, and now gardens 32 baskets, 52 planters and 24 beds (including six previously unloved eyesore patches). It has also created a Pollinators Patch at the park, a stumpery and a community herb garden, and has a Wimbledon-inspired planter at the tennis club. In the last year the group ran five community workdays including litter picks, tree planting, gorse clearing and willow harvest.