Britain in Bloom 2019 finalists announced

Volunteers across the UK are gearing up to showcase their communities in the annual RHS UK Finals competition.

We think it is great that Prestatyn in Bloom is 1 of the 71 finalists and 1 of only 3 places in Wales.

We also feel good that the judging criteria has changed. Now it reflects the increasing importance of community involvement and environmental stewardship.

Therefore making projects like ours and a number of others in Prestatyn increasingly important.

This year’s top Bloomers hail from all corners of the UK, from the picturesque coastal village of Sark in Jersey.

To the urban heart of London, Canary Wharf and the Northern Irish city of Derry.

There are 71 entries in the UK Finals competition for 2019, which include seasoned entrants such as Harrogate, in Yorkshire.

Following a year’s rest for the group, and first-time entrants Bexhill on Sea, in Kent.

The coastal holiday town of Whitby will be hoping to impress judges with its new Alice in Wonderland-themed garden. Created in honour of the author Lewis Carroll who regularly stayed in the town.

Meanwhile Norwich in Bloom, which re-entered this year after a year off. Will be hoping that its microclimate and rich cultural heritage will help to create impressive displays in the City category.

Bloom awards Perth

2019 In Bloom marking criteria

The UK Finalist marking criteria has been updated for 2019 to reflect the increasing importance of community involvement and environmental stewardship.

From this year, 40 per cent of all marks will be awarded to efforts in horticulture, with 30 per cent each devoted to community and environment, instead of the previous split of 50, 25 and 25. 

The RHS Britain in Bloom judges will visit each of the finalists in August. With the winners of each category announced at an awards ceremony in the autumn. 

 Check out the full list of 2019 Britain in Bloom finalists. 

Be inspired by Bloom.

The BBC Two series that followed this quintessentially British competition in 2018 is also set to return this spring, featuring three of the 2019 UK Finalists – Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire, and Llandudno and Prestatyn, both in Wales.

If you’re interested in getting involved in Britain in Bloom, find out more

Dementia Friendly space.

Building a dementia friendly space.

We are planning to have a garden space within the Morfa Gateway area. To raise awareness of Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community.

This will replace the garden that is currently at the Old Library on Nant Hall Road in Prestatyn.

The area around the old library is due for redevelopment in the near future. Therefore we have taken the decision to relocate the space over to the Morfa Gateway site.

Since 2015 the garden has been entered in both the RHS “It’s your Neighbourhood” and as part of Prestatyn in Bloom.

We intend to enter again this year as part of the wider morfa gateway area.

Dementia Garden at the old library Prestatyn
The existing Dementia Friendly Space at The Old Library

We have a number of exciting plans including having an accessible flowerbed that will be filled with similar plants to the old bed.

This is currently under construction. Also we will be designing signage to help raise awareness.

The area is on a well used route for walking into town, within a great recreation space. Utilised a lot by dog walkers, and lots of footballers over the weekend.

Each year Maria from Grow Wild the outreach arm of Kew Gardens. Leads a walk as part of the Prestatyn and Clwydian range walking festival.

In 2019 we hope to include this area as part of the walk, to help raise further awareness.

Our volunteer leaders are also Chair and Champions for the Friendly Community initiative. Therefore are really keen to see the project come to fruition.

Start of the safety barrier work.

About Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community.

The dementia friendly  programme encourages everyone to share responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.

Weekly drop in sessions are held at the Old Library on Nant Hall road Prestatyn LL19 9LH from 2pm to 4pm every Friday.

Activities February 2019

We are very pleased to be able to publish the final list of winter activities for February.

Included are a couple of activities based at Artisans Collective at the Old Library on Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn.

Final Activities of January 2019.

Another great day on the 24th January at Coed Y Morfa. Planting Long Forest Project hedgerow with our volunteers, other community groups and organisations.

All part of the Keep Wales Tidy – Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus Long Forest Wales project, with great support from the Denbighshire Countryside Serviceteam.

Activities 24 Jan 2019

We have now planted over 800 feet of hedge as [art of the project.

We are looking forward to also hosting 2 feltmaking sessions at The Old Library. These will be run by Ticky Lowe.

Felt Making is an accessible, sensory and very satisfying creative activity – no skills or experience are necessary to produce a delightful textile.

The dates for your Diary are both Thursday Mornings from 10am on the 14th and 21st February.

Wild Flowers and Butterfly Glades

It is so satisfying to see that the final activities of February will be clearing non-native species of Plants. From plots in the centre of Coed Y Morfa. Then planting wild flowers to encourage pollinators.

We have been involved with wild flowers in a big way due to our involvement with Grow Wild over the past Five years.

Native wild flowers will also be a big part of our plans for the Gateway area activities in 2019.

Getting wildflower seeds started in life is easy and fun. Follow this simple guide to show you how to sow in soil.

That is us fully engaged until March. When we start back in earnest at the Gateway site. Preparing as part of the Prestatyn in Bloom spring preparations. It is certainly an all year round operation !

5 unexpected ways seeds kickstart the growing process | Grow Wild

All seeds need to start growing (a process called germination) by breaking through the tough outer coating that keeps their insides safe and snuggly until conditions are right. How they do this can be surprising! This is called breaking seed dormancy, and it’s downright sneaky sometimes, as you will see.

READ MORE HERE :  5 unexpected ways seeds kickstart the growing process | Grow Wild

Composting Free Workshop

Free Adult learning 

Composting workshop at Men’s Shed Prestatyn. Come along to our one day course on how to make your own compost from your household waste.

Please dress appropriately for hands on outside learning and bring your own packed lunch. 

The Benefit of Composting

Approximately 1/3 of your domestic waste can be composted at home, saving energy and resources and benefiting your garden and your pocket.

Please book your space

Unfortunately space is limited so please contact Mair Davies on 07969891683 or to book your place or to find out more information about the course.


Mens Shed is on Fern Avenue, Prestatyn. Car Parking is available on Fern Avenue car Park it is then a very short walk to the Shed Building.

First Nature for Health trail app launched

Pleased that we have now completed the first of our Morfa Gateway Project Nature for Health Trail apps at The Coed Y Morfa Community Woodland.

This is a very simple 1Km accessible flat terrain walk ideal for somebody just getting back into exercise.

Based around the existing trim trail. We are using smartphone GPS technology to notify the app user of their current location and completion level.

Future bounds will have much more detailed information and be extended to other areas of our locality.

Just some of the points on the first walk.

You can find out more and download the app here.

Or scan this QR Code

QR code

Development of an exciting new app.

Our digitally interactive app will lead the learner on a path of discovery. Including aspects of Nature for Health.

The app will include lots of nature, wildflowers, environment, health, heritage and discovery. Located within the Prestatyn and Meliden area.

The program will quite literally augment our reality by enhancing peoples’ real-life interaction whilst using their smartphones and tablets.

A digital timeline of events or a places of interest tour, with the use of GPS coordinates and pre-placed codes and mysteries. 

With extensive game elements and tools like GPS locations, directions, maps, compass, pictures, videos, quizzes, missions, tournaments.

QR codes and much more creating fun and exciting mobile app-based adventures.

Please help us by indicating what app platform you have access to in our Facebook poll.

Our initial aim is to base the first phase starting at the Morfa Gateway and surrounding Community Woodland. Then extending along the disused Prestatyn to Dyserth railway footpath. Including Meliden Goods Shed.

We would love to hear what you would like to see included. If citizens of any age or ability wish to get involved in a voluntary capacity that would be great.

We usually meet on Thursdays from 11am at the car park at the bottom of Lon Goed a.k.a. Tip Lane. However as this initiative isf f ongoing you can always call in for a chat at the Old library on Nant Hall Road in Prestatyn.

Morfa Gateway app
The app start location in Prestatyn

Sponsorship and or funding for this innovative “new to the area” idea, would be most welcome.

There is a cost to the software and licencing, volunteers will generating all of the content. We hope to promote our locality in all of its glory. Including the fact that is a winner of Wales in Bloom 2018 in the large town category.

Future plans include extending the app to include our vibrant town centre and its fantastic businesses.

Festive activities and new pathway for 2019.

On the 21st of December we held a fantastic festive activity day at the project with Denbighshire Countryside Service . With lots of participants during the Free Wooden Reindeer workshop.

Start of the new accessible footpath.

We are very happy with progress on the new accessible footpath, which will offer separation between vehicles and pedestrians on the very well used route into town.

Since the start of the project we have been keen to offer an alternative accessible route through to the community allotments and beyond.

Currently foot, cycle and vehicle traffic share the same route. Which at the weekends becomes very busy with citizens engaged with the football activities on the playing fields.

The new pathway an bridge will enable non vehicular traffic to by pass the roadway. Taking the new path will also bring users closer to nature as they walk alongside the granite flower beds and lots of native wildflowers.

After the festive season.

Our first activity of 2019 will be Hedgerow planting. Alongside lots of other community groups on January 10th at Coed Y Morfa Community Woodland more details here.

We have lots of plans for events and activities in 2019 including lots of work linked with the Nature for Health project and more.

We will also be entering The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood which aims to.
Clean and green specific places in your local area. Whether it’s the street you live in, an existing community garden. Or a disused area that needs a revamp.

We hope to be also included in the Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom initiatives as part of Prestatyn in Bloom.

Plus we will be featured in the BBC Britain in Bloom TV series starting in March 2019.

Some of our volunteers have asked about certain activities for next year, we have already started on organising some. As usual will be what citizens request.

Have a great festive season, we hope to see you all soon.

Living landscapes | North Wales Wildlife Trust

We love this the ethics behind this approach.

A Living Landscape is a recovery plan for nature championed by The Wildlife Trusts. It is an aspirational end-point where our environment, society and economy sustainably co-exist for the benefit of wildlife and people.

A Living Landscape works at the landscape scale and comprises a series of local, linked wildlife habitats; re-connecting our urban and rural areas, freshwater and coast.

Source: Living landscapes | North Wales Wildlife Trust