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May 2006
Silver Medal - Britain in Bloom 2005

Even though the weather is still unpredictable the good news is that flocks of swallows, not just one bird, have been seen back in the village within the last 2 weeks so perhaps summer is just around the corner.

What's been happening around the village
Work is still ongoing in several areas. The narrow flowerbeds along the side of the church have been planted with perennials such as geraniums and lavenders. The footpath at the church entrance has also been repaired. The tubs and planters around the village will shortly be planted up for summer. The plants for these have been bought from Phoenix Nurseries on Keighley Road. Give them a try if you still need summer bedding yourself. Verbena has been added to the borders of the rest garden to enhance the area through summer.

The two plant stalls held in April and May have been a resounding success. The first raised over 330 and the second is expected to be equally successful. All this money will be used to help fund and maintain projects within the village. So a big thank you to everyone who supported the stalls.

River Calder Day
In the past 2 years we have held work parties on this day to coincide with the work of Calder Future. This year we feel that the Knotweed and Balsam problems on the river bank are under control and the sowing of the wild grasses and flowers on the river bank means that we need to stop the area from being trampled. Consequently we won't be holding an event this year but a river clear up will take place later in the year. If you still want to get involved with River Calder Day on the 3rd June give Jane Williams a call on 316661 and she'll be able to put you in touch with an event organiser.

Jobs to do this month
Divide clumps of primroses to increase your plants for next spring. Start cutting your lawns more regularly. Trim hedges but look out for any bird nests. Whilst talking about birds continue to feed them but don't use peanuts unless they are in the wire feeders as whole nuts can choke small nestlings. Support tall borders plants with stakes or better still small tree branches, which they can grow through. Plant out dahlias once all risk of frost has passed. Tender vegetables such as cucumbers, squashes, tomatoes and marrows can also go out at this time. Beetroot, autumn cauliflowers, peas, carrots and salad leaves can be sown outside direct from seed around this time. If space is at a premium try growing lettuce in pots.

Dates for the diary
1st July from 2pm - BBQ at the Nellie - Matt and Deb have again agreed to hold this successful event with all profits going to Luddenden in Bloom. Tickets are 5 and sell like hot cakes so get yours fast. The afternoon will also witness the launch of the new beer garden.

20th July - Summer judging day for the village.

End July - The Ada Brookes Trophy for the best house frontage will be judged.

Judges Comments
During this week we received feedback from the spring judging all of which was very positive. A brief example of their comments is listed below. Click here to read the full detail.

Following their impressive efforts in Britain in Bloom the Luddenden team continues to enhance their village with its very difficult terrain, which limits what, can be achieved. Despite these restraints all sections of the community work extremely hard and effectively to achieve high standards.

SECTION A - Floral Displays
The judges were impressed by:

SECTION B - Permanent Landscaping, Including Shrubs
The judges were impressed by:

SECTION C - Conservation & Recycling
The judges were impressed by:

SECTION D - Local Environmental Quality
The judges were impressed by:

SECTION E - Public Awareness
The judges were impressed by:

So well done to everyone and lets keep up the good work throughout the summer months.

Pest Control
This month's insect helper is the Hoverfly. Looking like a small wasp and unfortunately because of that gardeners do indeed swat them, these small incredibly acrobatic insects are harmless and shy. They can be distinguished from wasps as they have only one pair of wings. Hoverflies lay their eggs close to aphid colonies and once hatched the green or brown larvae will eat up to 50 greenfly each day. The top tip for nurturing these helpful visitors is to steer clear of insecticides, which endanger both predator and pest not to mention can be bad for the environment. Some gardeners provide sacrificial plants such as nettles in a contained area to allow aphids to live so the hoverfly larvae have a food reserve they can fall back on when the rest of the garden is greenfly free. Next month's topic is on the beneficial insects that live at ground level.

Jason Boom 881452
Roland Mier 885100