• In Bloom 2012 Poster Competition

    Date: 2012.03.24 | Category: ARCH Community Group, environmental projects, Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees, Hertfordshire, In Bloom, The Comet newspaper | Response: 0

    Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth towns will be going for “In Bloom” gardening glory this summer – and they need a little something to publicise the event.  So ARCH Community Group, together with the Advertiser newspaper, are looking for 3 young people in the area to design a poster for the three competitions.

    You have to live or go to school in the town you are designing the poster for – Stevenage, Hitchin or Letchworth. The theme of the poster is: Garden Olympics or Flowers, Bees, Birds & Trees. The poster can be created using any art materials or paint and should be produced on A3 or A4 paper.  So we are looking for a poster which is inspired by the ARCH group’s motto, while incorporating the Olympic Games – we are sure this will give you lots of scope for some colourful ideas.  The winning posters will be used to promote this year’s In Bloom competition and entries into Anglia in Bloom.

    Completed posters should be sent to: The Advertiser, 34 Bancroft, Hitchin, SG5 1LA. Please send by 31st March.  Please ensure that your name, age address and a contact telephone number on the back.  Unfortunately your poster cannot be returned and there is only one entry per person.  You have to be 16 or under to enter. The posters will be judged by the ARCH Community Group and The Advertiser and their decision is final.

  • Don’t forget our tool amnesty

    Date: 2012.03.24 | Category: ARCH Community Group, environmental projects, gardening tools, Hertfordshire | Response: 0

    tool amnestyPlease don’t forget our Tool Amnesty, while having your spring clean this year. Happy to accept unwanted tools and composts (bagged) but unfortunately we cannot accept chemicals. Also, if you can help ARCH Community Group in any way, either as a volunteer to help with admin, fundraising, sponsorship or anything that we haven’t thought of yet, then please call Steve or Caroline on 01438 233554 for further information.

  • In Bloom 2012

    Date: 2011.11.30 | Category: ARCH Community Group, ARCH Gardening, ARCH Plant & Aquatic, environmental projects, Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees, In Bloom, stevenage | Response: 0

    “In Bloom 2012”: Work has already started on the planning for Stevenage, Hitchin & Letchworth in Bloom for next year.  We shall be entering the 3 towns into the RHS “Anglia in Bloom” competition, as well. So next year is already looking busy and that’s before the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee!

  • Tool Amnesty latest

    Date: 2011.11.30 | Category: ARCH Community Group, environmental projects, furniture recycling, stevenage | Response: 0

    Tool Amnesty: ARCH have teamed up with the Stevenage Furniture Recycling Scheme – www.stevenagefrs.org.uk – so if they are offered any garden related equipment, that they would normally refuse, we shall be able to take this and distribute it throughout the area.  Just recently we have been able to donate 2 oak saplings, a shed and a greenhouse to 3 different groups.  So don’t forget, should you have any unwanted garden equipment, we would happily ensure that they are used in the community on various projects.

  • Britain in Bloom Seminars

    Date: 2011.11.30 | Category: ARCH Community Group, environmental projects, Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees, In Bloom | Response: 0

    Well, as I have already mentioned we have won “GOLD” for our community work and we are continuing this, helping all groups, schools and clubs have the best chance to have an outside area where they can “Grow Your Own”, a wildlife pond, native hedge, bug hotel – the list is endless.  We were also asked to present at the national Royal Horticultural Society “Britain in Bloom” seminar, giving details of our community work, as they have used us as a case study in their community magazine.  It is hoped that this will inspire and educate other groups throughout the UK to follow our lead.

  • In Bloom Awards

    Date: 2011.09.29 | Category: ARCH Community Group, Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees, In Bloom | Response: 0

    Who are the ‘In Bloom’ finalists …???

  • Arch wins a Green Apple Environment Award!

    Date: 2011.09.21 | Category: ARCH Community Group, ARCH Gardening, ARCH Plant & Aquatic, environmental projects | Response: 0

    Press Release: ARCH based in Gosmore and Stevenage has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities, for their In Bloom competition for Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth.

    They competed against more than 500 other nominations and will be presented with their Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons on November 14th.
    As a result of this success they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience.
    They will also be considered to represent their country in the European Business Awards for the environment.
    The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and has become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.
    The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.
    Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
    If you would like to find out more about the work that ARCH are doing please contact Steve on 01462 420 598 or check out the website at www.arch.uk.com.


    Go to www.greenappleawards.com for more information on the awards.

  • Tool Amnesty

    Date: 2011.09.21 | Category: ARCH Community Group, environmental projects, volunteer | Response: 0

    Recycled ToolsIt would be a “No thank you” to chemicals (very often out of date and dangerous), electric machinery or the general plastic flower pots, as we have 1000s of those.

    The ARCH Community Group are ideally looking for working tools that are no longer required by the current owners, that community groups so often need.  Organisations often “donate” a tree to be planted but the charity/school will not have a spade to dig the hole or compost to plant it with.  So they can incur costs even from a donation.

    ARCH are also working with schools across the area to encourage young people to grow and nuture gardens, to learn about plants, vegetables and wildlife.  Looking at the environment as a whole.  Very often there is no equipment available and they are relying on donations.  This is where we can help.

    Please contact us if you can help.

  • In Bloom 2011

    Date: 2011.04.12 | Category: ARCH Community Group, ARCH Plant & Aquatic, Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees, In Bloom, The Comet newspaper, Wymondley Community Garden | Response: 1

    The In Bloom Launch

    Press Release
    29th March 2011

    The 2011 In Bloom Competition for Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth was launched last weekend to coincide with the RHS National Tree planting weekend.
    This year’s competition will be run by ARCH Community Group with the sponsorship and support of The Comet newspaper. The theme for this year competition is “Flower, Bees, Butterflies & Trees” .
    As part of the launch campaign the ARCH Committee ran a poster competition and invited the 3 winning schools from the 2010 In Bloom Competition to take part. The Schools (Knebworth Infant & Primary, Lonsdale & Fearnhill) ran their own in school competition and the top 3 from each school were submitted to ARCH for judging. We were pleased to announce that Mailan Blakey from Knebworth Infant and Primary school was judged to have produced the best poster.
    The launch was a great success and would like to thank the ARCH Community Group Committee and the volunteers who helped put on the event and plant 150 sapling trees at Wymondley Community Garden. A special thank you to the Mayor of Stevenage, Michael Downing, for helping to open the event, Barclays Bank, Stevenage, for sending along some expert diggers and the Stevenage In Bloom Forum.
    Look out for the entry form in the Comet or collect one from ARCH Plant & Aquatic Centre in Gosmore. The closing date is 13th June and we hope that this year’s competition will have a record number of entries.
    Steve Howells
    ARCH Community Group
    Tel no: 01438 233554
    ARCH Plant & Aquatic Centre
    10 Devonshire Close, Stevenage, SG2 8RY

  • ARCH Community Group – NOW OFFICIAL

    Date: 2011.04.12 | Category: ARCH Community Group, environmental projects, Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees, garden clubs, In Bloom, volunteer | Response: 0

    Press Release – 7th February 2011

    “Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees”
    On Thursday 3rd February ARCH Community Group officially signed their Constitution and are now a recognised Group in the Community. The Committee is made up of 7 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds that are giving up their time to get involved with local residents and groups.
    This group of individuals are volunteering their time to run Stevenage, Letchworth and Hitchin In Bloom competitions this year, as well as to help schools and community groups in the area with wildlife and/or garden clubs and environmental projects.
    They are keen to get the local community involved in making the towns and communities a better place to be. By holding an annual garden competition they hope that everyone will get out in to their gardens and enter the In Bloom competition, creating a better place for the people living there.
    The start of this year’s In Bloom competition will begin by inviting the winning schools from In Bloom 2010, to enter a painting competition, with the theme of “Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and Trees”. The winner will have their entry used on all the promotional material for In Bloom 2011.
    The committee has already donated many hours to get the group off the ground and are all looking forward to the forthcoming competition and projects in the year ahead. If you would like to get involved either as a sponsor or volunteer, please call Steve on 01462 420598 or 07738 626580, for more information.

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