Alderley Edge prepares to Bloom once again

Having won Gold Awards in the 'Britain in Bloom' competition in both 2018 and 2019, Alderley Edge in Bloom took a two year break due to covid restrictions.

However, the group are now busy making plans to return to the competition which aims to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through the imaginative use of flowers, shrubs, trees and landscaping. It also aims to achieve a litter free and sustainable environment.

Bloom group Chair Leslie Cox said " It's exciting to be back in the competition! We will be working hard to create and maintain attractive environments in the village that benefit residents and visitors alike.

"We will again be focussed on the RHS three key themes which are: Horticultural excellence, Community involvement and Environmental friendliness.

"We have plenty to show the Judges when they visit in late July or early August. There's the many village planter displays, the Chorley Hall Lane community allotment, the Waitrose woodland area, Lydiat Lane, Ivygate at the top of Brook Lane and the Station garden where we work closely with the Alderley Edge Station Volunteer group.

"The judges have previously enjoyed visits up to the Edge, the village park, private gardens including Peter Woollam's gem of an organic garden and local schools. Preparing the route for the judges is a major challenge in itself!"

The Bloom group are looking for more volunteers to help with the 2022 competition entry. Gardening, watering and litter picking teams will be very active over the coming months and extra pairs of hands are always welcome. No specific experience is required and it's free to participate.

Here are just some of the activities they have planned for early May. The watering activities will ramp up as summer begins and there will be a major litter pick of the bypass.

  • Monday May 2 10.00 - 11.00 Litter picking in the village
  • Monday May 2 11.00 - 12.00 Meet for coffee in Cafe Nero
  • Tuesday May 3 10.00 - 11.00 Gardening at Ivygate
  • Wednesday May 4 10.00 - 11.00 Gardening at the station
  • Friday May 6 10.00 - 11.00 Gardening at Waitrose woodland and watering/tidying the village planters
  • Saturday May 7 11.00 - 12.00 Gardening at the allotment
  • Monday May 9. 10.00 - 11.00 Litter picking in the village
  • Monday May 9 11.00 - 12.00 Meet for coffee in Cafe Nero
  • Tuesday May 10 10.00 - 11.00 Gardening at Ivygate
  • Wednesday May 11 10.00 - 11.00 Gardening at the station
  • Friday May 13 10.00 - 11.00 Gardening at Waitrose woodland and watering/tidying the village planters
  • Saturday May 14 11.00 - 12.00 Gardening at the allotment

The Bloom team will have a stall at the Alderley Edge May Fair on Saturday 21st May where you will be able to talk with volunteers about the group, purchase plants and try your luck on the fundraising Tombola.

Alderley Edge in Bloom is self funded and relies on donations from the local business community, the generosity of individual supporters and its own fundraising events.

Contact Leslie Cox by email if you would like to get involved with the Bloom group as a volunteer or wish to make a donation [email protected]

Alderley Edge In Bloom


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jon Williams
Thursday 30th June 2022 at 6:34 pm
Would it be possible for the Bloom Team to do something about all the overgrown public footpaths in the village, we did have a Parish Lengthsman but I have not seen him for months.
Alan Brough
Friday 1st July 2022 at 3:05 pm
@Jon Williams,

I think that's one of several very important jobs that CE Council fail to do.
Craig Browne
Saturday 2nd July 2022 at 11:35 am
Hi Jon,

Thanks for your question. I would like to reassure you that we still have a Parish Lengthsman; this week he has trimmed back the hedgerow on Ryleys Lane (from the junction with London Road, to the Car Park entrance), as well as the hedgerow between the children’s play area and tennis courts in the park. In recent weeks, he has also removed foliage around our Speed Indicator Devices on Congleton Road and Brook Lane.

Kind regards,
Michael Taylorson
Saturday 2nd July 2022 at 6:04 pm
Be specific Jon Williams, the Lengthsman was out cutting back trees and branches on Chorley Hall Lane on Friday.
Kelvin Briggs
Sunday 3rd July 2022 at 7:23 am
Hello John,
I’m sure we all want to see tidy footpaths in and around Alderley Edge.
Alderley Edge in Bloom group do what we can to help grow pride in our village with flower displays in the village , litter picking and keeping a community allotment.
We can only do so much in line with our current number of volunteers. Sadly we have seen a drop in active volunteering since Covid and currently don’t have the capacity to clear overgrown footpaths.

I believe the Lengthsman usually works on Thursdays directed and paid for by the Alderley Edge Parish Council. I saw him working last week .

How about you contact the Parish Council with specific examples of overgrown footpaths and see if they can direct the lengthsman to clear the worst spots ? It maybe they can engage Ansa in clearing the major problem areas.
If anyone would like to become an active volunteer for the Bloom Group, please contact our Chair , Leslie Cox
Kelvin Briggs
Monday 4th July 2022 at 5:44 pm
Apologies Jon, whoops , I spelt your name wrong.

Perhaps now you recognise that our small group of Alderley Edge in Bloom volunteers are about village enhancement and not responsible for covering Cheshire East Council/ Parish Council responsibilities .

As you clearly recognise there are areas for improvement in the village , you would be most welcome to come and actively join us to make more of a differences.

Look forward to hearing from you!
Jon Williams
Friday 8th July 2022 at 6:40 am
Has no one been along the footpath along Mottram Road towards Hough Lane, weeds growing through the footpath, impossible to push a wheelchair or buggy, come on C/E get your finger out, no one in government is safe forever you know.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 13th July 2022 at 8:00 am
Nice to see the grass vergers have been cut back on Mottram road, but the weeds between the footpath and road will grow back very soon without weed killer.
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 15th July 2022 at 12:51 pm
I enquired about the plethora of weeds on the roads and verges and was told very sanctimoniously by a Highways rep' that the policy was to leave them as they helped "biodiversity". I pointed out the tiny problem of longstanding weeds and tarmac destruction and cracking and gently reminded the young Gent that it would end up costing our Council more in repairs. When you are confronted with a mess of dessicated , dead weeds (caused by our near drought conditions ) the eco exuse just sounds hollow. Short termism is the problem and the Highways team are saving pennies in order to spend pounds later.