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January 2006
THE PENNINE VILLAGE OF LUDDENDEN
Silver Medal - Britain in Bloom 2005

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2006
After the success of 2005 when Luddenden won a silver medal in Britain in Bloom we have now re-entered Yorkshire in Bloom. To get another shot at Britain in Bloom we therefore need to win the 2006 competition. So over the coming months we will be regularly updating you on what is happening around the village, how you can get involved, giving you dates for the calendar, tips and ideas for your gardens and information on biodiversity or in other words how you can help wildlife.

Remember that entering Yorkshire in Bloom should not be seen to be purely for competitive reasons. This is, of course, important but it must also be borne in mind that any improvements made to the visual environment and in the development of community spirit form the long-term objectives of our entry.

Why Luddenden enters Yorkshire in Bloom

How can we help our unseen neighbours?
As spring is fast approaching (hopefully!!) and our gardens are beginning to show signs of life let's start with a few things to remember when buying plants and tidying the garden. Our gardens provide a home for many creatures, following these simple steps will help them.

Things to do in February:

Urgently required
The in Bloom group is urgently looking for donations of any spare building stone you have for several projects around the village. Please contact Jason if you can help, we'll collect or give you a helping hand if needed.

Dog Fouling
This has been an ongoing issue for several years now. Residents on Bluebell Walk have recently taken action over a pet owner who continues to ignore their obligation. So can all responsible owners no matter where they are walking please clear up after their pets and make the village clean and safe for children and adults alike.

RSPB Big Garden Bird watch 28th and 29th January
If you have a free hour during this weekend you can help the RSPB record the number of different species that inhabit your garden. As we have over the last year sponsored and sited various nest boxes around the village this could be the chance for avid birdwatchers to see if this has made a difference to the bird population. All you have to do is record the highest number of each species you see at one time (not the total number you see, because the same birds may visit several times while you are watching). You only need to record the birds in your garden not the ones flying over. For more information visit their website on www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

Finally
The in Bloom group held a meeting on 11th January to discuss this years campaign. Items discussed included the years planting arrangements for the village's tubs, pots and hanging baskets. Next month we will let you know what plants and colours will be used and which garden centre we are buying them from. Plant stalls which were so well supported by villagers last year will again be on this year's agenda so watch out for dates. Several areas, which need maintenance, were identified and work parties are being arranged. So if you want to get more involved with the village community why not give us a call, keep your eyes peeled for information in the notice boards. We'd love to see more people involved, yes we hold meetings but these are open to all, just get in touch and we'll be more than happy to let you know when and where the next meeting will be.

Jason Boom 881452
Roland Mier 885100