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News from Bradfield Village Hall
25th June 2009

Spring Judges' Comments for Bradfield in Bloom

April saw the Spring judging for Yorkshire in Bloom and the judges visited Bradfield to admire the village. Here are their comments.


Bradfield is an attractive village on the edge of the Peak District and a popular place for visitors particularly from the South Yorkshire urban areas. The dedicated In Bloom Group is committed to continually enhancing the village and has gained considerable support from all sectors of the community. The Judges look forward to seeing further planned improvements in the summer

SECTION A – Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement:

  • The on-going spring bulb planting throughout the village, the additional planting at the Village Hall and the residential gardens near the church in High Bradfield

Areas for Improvement:

  • The steep bank behind the Village Hall requires further treatment to prevent erosion.
  • Addition of permanent planting to supplement spring bulbs in planters and troughs
  • The planting in front of the boundary stones would also benefit from some permanent planting.

SECTION B – Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement:

  • The continued provision of the themed boundary stones which are an interesting and attractive feature at each of the seven roads entering the village.
  • The cleanliness of the village and the efficient measures taken to address incidents of fly-tipping and vandalism and the installation of dog fouling signs.
  • The extensive Recycling facilities.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Keep bollards and paving setts at Ruth’s Garden maintained in good condition.
  • Further improvement of the link between Low and High Bradfield using wildflower plantings in verges and provision of planters adjacent the seats.
  • The planned clearance of the river alongside the cricket ground and the removal of the Japanese Knotweed
  • Some form of interpretation (leaflet, notice board) explaining the heritage depicted on the boundary stones would enhance the experience of visitors to the village.

SECTION C – Community Participation

Areas of Achievement:

  • Clear evidence of all-year-round planning and involvement by the In Bloom Group
  • Display of achievements throughout the year in the Village Hall
  • Participation by all local groups/clubs, school children and individuals demonstrating good support for the competition
  • Good generation of awareness through the Village Newsletter, posters and fliers.
  • Numerous fundraising activities including business sponsorship, grants, donations and events.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Maintain the level of community involvement, awareness campaign and fundraising activities to ensure this entry continues to improve.

In general, the judges' comments are very positive and hopefully their "areas for improvement" commetns will guide the village's inhabitants as to the areas to work on.