Swale in Bloom works with you and your community to make Swale a better place to live, work and visit.

 Plant a Poppy
'Lest we Forget'

Swale in Bloom would like to thank everyone that  has taken part in Swale BoroughCouncil's poppy planting campaign which was started in 2014 to commemorate one hundred years since the start of the first world war.

Our aim is to plant a hundred in a hundred. By the 11th November 2018 we aim to have created one hundred new poppy areas in Swale to coincide with our centenary celebrations.

Poppies grow easily, even in poor soil, so if you have a patch of ground where you would like to create a poppy meadow,Swale in Bloom can offer you support and seed to make this a reality.
If you would like to take part in this historic event please contact alicorbel@swale.gov.uk.

 Poppies on the new bund in

Milton Creek Park

Mayor Leslie Ingham  presents poppy seeds to Elaine Bashford and maintenance technician Peter Larkin  for their memorial garden at Barton Court Care Home. The grand opening will take place on Saturday 24thJune.

A sea of poppies and wildflower annuals sown at Gas Road, Sittingbourne.

WHAT SWALE IN BLOOM DOES
We are here to help individuals and communities in Swale take part in improving their environment and surroundings. It’s good to be proud of where you live, and we are here to help you make your community a better and cleaner place.
Swale in Bloom does this by encouraging and supporting local ‘In Bloom’ and other gardening and environmental groups by helping them raise funds, improve their skills and plant knowledge and organise and take part in local garden competitions. Swale in Bloom also organises entries into the South, South East in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Swale in Bloom is about much more than the promotion of floral displays during the spring and summer months however. We work with members of the community to improve their local environment by supporting litter picking, graffiti removal, wildlife gardening, school gardening – helping make the area a green and pleasant place to live.
We hope that this website will not only help you to understand what we do but also to become as enthusiastic as we are about being involved in making your community a place to be proud of.
WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP
Swale in Bloom works with all sections of the community, and is a joint initiative between Swale Borough Council, whose councillors have agreed the funding, and their contractors Blenwood Grounds Maintenance who employ the Swale in Bloom Co-ordinator. This innovative project was recognised in 2007 with the South and South East in Bloom Chairman’s award going to the two partners.
Community partners include Allotment Societies, Horticultural Societies, Abel’s Acre (pictured left) and the Abbey Physic Garden, local Churches, Amicus Housing Association, Kent Wildlife Trust among others.
SWALE IN BLOOM CO-ORDINATORS
Swale has employed co-ordinators since 1999. First off was a job share with husband and wife team Sallie and David Shaw. This brought voluntary sector and horticultural experience to the role until Sallie had to step down due to other work commitments in 2012 and David retired in October 2013.
Jo Marolia took on the role following this, promoting poppy planting for the 2014 remembrance commemorations, wild flower planting schemes and working closely with Amicus the local housing association and their residents.
Steve Hurren worked full time from the start of November until April 2015 making sure that all the previous good work carried on, working with the community and the Swale in Bloom partners to help make Swale a better and enjoyable place to live.
Since June Ali Corbel has taken on this roll and is looking to work with community groups and schools to promote gardening, including Eco projects and outside learning. It is her aim to increase the number of wildflower/poppy areas in Swale to a total of at least 100 by 2018
Ali Corbel,
Swale in Bloom,
Unit 17B, Dolphin Park,
Upper Field Road,
SITTINGBOURNE
ME10 3UP
01795 417240
alicorbel@swale.gov.uk