THE FUTURE OF BANSTEAD

VILLAGE IN BLOOM

Following three increasingly successful years and having won the coveted gold award in the RHS Village in Bloom Competition in 2019, Banstead Village in Bloom has decided not to enter the competition for the foreseeable future. Instead, our volunteer group has  agreed to continue maintaining and improving on what has been achieved over the last four years. This work will be done by the volunteer group which meets regularly on a Friday morning. New projects will be agreed upon by the group and committee, and we will seek funding from Reigate and Banstead Council. Banstead Village in Bloom has not ruled out the possibility of entering the RHS In Bloom competition in the future, this decision can of course be revisited at any time if desired.  

The main areas where work will continue is:

  • Banstead library gardens and planters  

  • High Street planters  

  • All Saints’ Church open spaces  

  • The flowerbeds at the War Memorial roundabout  

  • Waitrose flower beds  

  • Lady Neville herbaceous border (rear of Pistachio’s)  

  • Sleeper beds (opposite The Woolpack pub)  

  • Weekly litter picking group  (every Monday morning)

  • Adopt a Road litter picking scheme  

  • 12 wheelbarrows at village roundabouts  

  • Community Hall roundabout (Flower Club)  

  • Community Hall flowerbeds (Banstead Horticultural Society)  

  • Increase our community profile and encouragement to join in with our very friendly BViB volunteer group  

 

Future projects for 2021

  • Sensory Garden at Lady Neville Park (Reigate & Banstead Council funded)  

  • Rockery at All Saints’ Church (Church funded)  

  • Building a raised bed around the existing flower bed at the Memorial roundabout (applying for Reigate & Banstead Council funding)  

  • Extending the Field of Narcissi to Sutton Lane roundabout (BViB funded)  

  • Welcome to Banstead ornamental flower display (BViB funded)  

  • Extension of daffodil bulb planting from Sutton Lane to War Memorial (BViB funded)

  • Daffodil bulbs to be planted under Banstead's street name signs (BViB funded)

  • New bench at War Memorial (funded by Ken Gulati)

  • Sowing native seed around High Street trees (BViB funded)

projects completed in 2020

Field of Narcissi – 2000 bulbs were planted in November 2019. They have produced a beautiful display in both Spring 2020 and 2021. We hope to make the Field of Narcissi even bigger by planting more bulbs in Autumn 2021. We plan to eventually have the whole of the bank planted from Sutton Lane roundabout to the War Memorial. (BViB funded)  

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High Street Planters – a legacy project giving the village a long-lasting splash of colour. Six cast iron planters have been placed at intervals along the north side of the High Street. BViB will continue to maintain them, we have planted perennials for lasting structure and will add summer and winter bedding for a splash of colour. (Reigate & Banstead Council funded)  

 

Renovation of sleeper beds – Banstead Village in Bloom have renovated the two large railway sleeper beds that are at either side of the bus stop, opposite The Woolpack pub. The group worked hard removing the existing old and overgrown shrubs. They improved the soil in both beds, digging in tons of soil improvers. A large selection of unusual locally grown conifers were planted there along with bulbs for spring. (Reigate & Banstead Council funded)  

 

Renovation of large library bed – Old and overgrown shrubs have been removed. All the existing planting was lifted and kept to use in the new planting design for the bed. The soil was enriched and several hundred pounds was spent on new shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Spring 2021 has seen the first results of our volunteer’s hard work. The spring bulbs look a picture in creams and white. (Reigate & Banstead Council funded)  

 

New seating, tables and umbrellas at Pistashio’s café – Old and tired seating has been replaced by lightweight and hard-wearing furniture to improve the look of this very popular area. Banstead Village Residents Association donated extra money to buy new umbrellas. (Reigate & Banstead Council funded)  

Village day

On the 7th August 2021, the annual Rotary Village Day Fayre will take place. 

The High Street will be sparkling and blooming, our volunteers will have worked hard to get everything shipshape and ready for everyone to enjoy.