Cove in Bloom
Cove in Bloom’s ongoing programme of planting, maintenance and development of sites includes floral displays, tree planting and heritage areas, enhancing the visual appearance of the community spaces, making them useable for interesting walks, picnics and play. This promotes a sense of wellbeing to residents whilst also offsetting the carbon footprint of the community and providing additional habitats for wildlife.
The group works with local schools and youth groups on projects including planting trees or bulbs, making bird boxes and creating bug habitats. Local children learn about ecology and gain an appreciation of how living things grow and benefit their outdoor environment.
In 2018, Cove in Bloom won the 'Garden for Life Biodiversity Award' for the Woodland Walk:
Work on the one-mile woodland walk, which lies next to land being purchased by the Cove Woodland Trust began four years ago. Mike Duncan and members of the Cove in Bloom group opened up the route by clearing out undergrowth which had become unruly over time. Mike regularly spends 30 plus hours doing voluntary work on the woodland walk. Children from two local primary schools routinely spend time on the walk, doing project work including painting benches and building bird boxes. Mike has even created an area where the children learn to climb trees! All the materials used for benches, bird boxes and raised planting beds are either recycled or have been donated by local companies. The area is well used by the community and will eventually form part of the coastal path network.