Congratulation to Ellie Wheeler winner of our poster competition 2012
Ellie 15 from Barnwell School in Stevenage was judged to represent everything our In Bloom Competition has to offer this year.
Congratulations also goes to your finalists Maisie Bidwell, Shannon O’Sullivon, Sadie West & Lucy Eaton all from Campshill School in Stevenage (Pictured below) and our finalist from Wilbury School
ARCH Community Group are pleased to announce that our new sponsor for 2012 In Bloom competition is “The Advertiser”
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.
Please 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”: 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: 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.
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.
Who are the ‘In Bloom’ finalists …???
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.
It 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.
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