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The Community Payback Lads 2016

It's impossible for our Stone in Bloom volunteers to cover all the areas in Stone when we go out litter picking and so we rely heavily on the Community Payback lads. Once again they've done a brilliant job all around the Stone Industrial Park, Tilling Drive, Beacon Rise and the Severn Trent pumping station. Big thanks to them and their leader Geoff Moreby who work very hard on Sundays in Stone. Geoff and the gang can be contacted if you have a problem you would like help with and our group will be happy to pass on their contact details to you.

A new Holly Tree in 2016 For Stonefield Square

Stone in Bloom volunteers have been busy bees over the last few months. The River Trent Bridge was cleared of weeds and litter and now looks immaculate. Stonefield Square was dug over and weeded and the daffodil bulbs we planted last year have already started to pop up.  The very old and beautiful holly tree in the square massacred by over enthusiastic workmen is shooting from the bottom but looks very sad. The group took full advantage of Geoff Collier’s absence at the last meeting when we all decided to put forward his name to sponsor the replacement of the holly tree, he has very kindly agreed and he and his wife Cathy are off to find a suitable ...

A Gruelling Task (extract from the Stone & Eccleshall Gazette)

Seeing many friends and acquaintances over the festive season that I haven’t seen for a long time, it seems a number of them have retired. The common theme was that they were all looking forward to slowing down, more holidays and wanting to volunteer for one of the many community groups in Stone.  One couple said they always felt guilty when they saw the Stone in Bloom gang working so hard in all weathers  and they listened patiently while I  said exactly what volunteering with us would mean and I explained very strongly that although we have a number of councillors we are a standalone group . They left the pub wishing me a very happy Christmas ...

Clean for the Queen for her majesty’s 90th birthday!

On Sunday March 6th 2016 Stone in Bloom's group of volunteers will lead the way with residents and other volunteer groups taking part in a huge community litter pick in and around the town. Volunteers are invited to join us and meet at Crown Street car-park, the Birthday litter pick will begin at 10.30 am. It is essential that everyone wears gloves, litter sacks will be given out . Litter pickers will be advised of where collection points will be to leave their sacks. We do hope you can join us.

Sunday May 24th STONEFIELD PARK 2015

The Stone in Bloom group will be meeting at 10 am Sunday May 24th at 10 am at STONEFIELD PARK. Everyone's welcome gardening tools required spades forks brushes gloves etc. There will be a quick meeting to update everyone with news and details of all sorts of information.

Litter Pick Sunday May 17th 2015

Stone in Bloom group will be out litter picking as after the local authority have cut the grass previously hidden litter is blowing about! The grass looks good and after today's litter pick the streets and roads will return to looking the way we enjoy them to look. Everyone is welcome to join us bags and litter pickers will be supplied .

Greener Streets Better Lives 2015/ Stone 5th Cubs and Children

Greener Streets Better lives “Green Streets Better Lives” is the new campaign decided upon by the Royal Horticultural Society for In Bloom 2015. Its aim is to transform 6,000 grey spaces into planted up beautiful spaces for people to enjoy. Grey spaces are becoming more common in the UK as local authority funding is cut, shops close down and the areas surrounding them become overgrown and litter strewn.  We’re lucky in Stone that we have very few problem areas, but the Stone in Bloom group have identified a small patch in and around the town and will be concentrating on improving  them as they roll out a three year programme . On ...

Whitebridge Estate win a Special Award !

‘PRIDE IN YOUR PATCH’ WHITEBRIDGE ESTATES STONE STAFFORDSHIRE Nominated by Stone in Bloom Member Jill Hood Take a walk around Whitebridge Estate in Stone and it’s hard to believe it’s an industrial estate or that there are so many units occupied by heavy duty industrial manufacturers. The entire estate is immaculate with no evidence of industrial waste lying around. The estate is owned by the Baines family and managed by their health and safety /operations manager Phil Darby. Phil is part of a hard working, highly successful team responsible for various duties throughout the estate. The grounds and units are maintained to a very high ...

Christmas /a new chairman/ Goodbye to Rob and thank you!

For the very first time in the history of Stone in Bloom members elected a female chairman ( yes we still say chair MAN!) Jill Hood took over the reigns from Rob Kenney who had served his two years working very hard for the town and the members of Stone in Bloom. A few grey hairs have been spotted but this can only make Rob look distinguished and he's now definitely looking more relaxed after netting yet another gold award for our town making it the 8th gold in a row given to us by the RHS's Heart of England in Bloom judges! Stone in Bloom’s working group of volunteers are doing what they do best and that’s hands on hard work to benefit the ...

March 2015/ Horse Muck and twenty Fruit Trees!

  Armed with eight bags of horse muck, a ruck of tools and twenty fruit trees Stone in Bloom volunteers headed for the amphitheatre with the intention of planting and creating a small orchard. The moles had been hard at work and there were mounds of quality soil dotted about everywhere and this lulled us all into a false sense of security that it was going to be an easy dig. Nothing could have been further from the truth as the amphitheatre is built on part of an old tip. As we were digging we hit bricks, bottles and old building material so it was difficult to make any impression on the ground, let alone dig holes for the trees. Eventually we ...