MALTON IN BLOOM  

Yorkshire In Bloom 2017 – Silver Gilt Winner 
Yorkshire In Bloom 2018 - Gold & Category Winner 
Yorkshire In Bloom 2018 – Best Commercial Entry Supporting The Community 
Yorkshire in Bloom 2019 - Gold & Category Winner 
Malton In Bloom (MiB) is a thriving community gardening campaign, established in 2017, run entirely by volunteers, and managed by Malton Town Council. Our aim is to make Malton look blooming marvellous throughout the year. 
Malton’s slightly inclining Market Place, circled by elegant shops and buildings, with large linear streets beyond, lends itself to an extensive array of colourful and fragrant summer planting in beds, baskets and planters. We use thousands of plants in over 200 hanging baskets put up by local businesses, Malton Town Council and Malton Community Interest Company (Fitzwilliam Estate). In addition, railing planters have adorned a number of prominent sites in the towns, such as County Bridge and Railway Street, also supported by Norton Town Council. 
MiB has been a huge success, as recognised by the award of Gold by Yorkshire In Bloom in 2019 and 2018, as well as overall caterogry winner, it will continue to succeed if the local community, residents, business people, children, and visitors to our community feel a sense of belonging and can help in creating that ‘wow’ factor. 
 
Another important part of MiB is the involvement of all sectors of the local community in managing the local environment. MiB community groups have been dead-heading the formal displays and tending to green open spaces across the community. 
 
Groups involved include St Michaels Church, Malton Flower Club, Malton W.I., Frack Free Ryedale, Derwent Diggers, Malton and District Beekeepers Association as well as MiB’s own volunteers. MiB is also supporting Malton School Gardening Club with their various gardening projects, including barrier baskets and hanging baskets. 
 
The Malton Scouts have also enjoyed sowing the wildflower beds at Orchard Fields 
 
 
Malton in Bloom Thrives On Generous Donations and Kind Contributors 
Every little helps as they say and donations for Malton in Bloom come in from individuals as well as local businesses, ranging from £25.00 to £5,000.00. We pay special thanks to; 
Transpennine Express 
Ware and Kay Solicitors 
Visit Malton CIC 
The Talbot Hotel 
Malton Cookery School 
Palace Cinema 
County, District & Town Cllr Lindsay Burr MBE 
Boulton & Cooper 
Call a Car Ryedale 
Lowfield Garage 
Cundalls 
Malton and Norton Rotary Club 
Ed Jowitt, local Councillor 
Terry Elsey Tyres 
Ray Chapman Motors 
Beecham Pharmacy 
Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors 
J B Motors 
Tate Smith 
Charles Snowden Coins 
Northern Power Grid 
Plum 
Malton Lions 
Hawthorn Antiques 
Direct Imaging 
MKM 
Watermark 
A&P Sedman 
Thomas of York Ltd 
Special shout out to Stuarts Fish and Chips, Castlegate for all the water kindly donated. Also to Rory at Chapter 2, your support is invaluable, in so may ways. Also Mr Payley at Payleys Fruit andf Veg in the Market Place, always on hand to help and great to deal with. 
So what can you do to help? 
 
Donate - MiB tries to spend every pound wisely, it is surprising how far even the smallest donation can help go towards that extra plant, or bag of compost. Donations can be made to Malton Town Council, The Wesley Centre, 10-12 Saville Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LL. Telephone 01653 609888 or email deputy.clerk@malton-tc.gov.uk 
 
Volunteer - We are always looking to expand our team of volunteers who can help practically, whether it be dead heading, digging or planting. Come and get involved with this dynamic group of people, it is also good fun socially to get out and about. Email deputy.clerk@malton-tc.gov.uk 
 
Where can I see what MiB have done? 
 
Take a look at the grey planters and barrels around town, they are MiB. The barrels and planters outside the Royal Oak in Old Malton are MiB. All the hanging baskets and barrier baskets in summer are ours. The horse with the jump and new decorative track on Broughton Rise is our work. The Castlegate terraced planting area is ours. The beds to the front of JB Motors are Womens Instutute/MiB. St Leonards community gardens are Womens Institute/Frack Free and MiB. The bee garden at the Coastliner garage is Beekepers/MiB. The Station forecourt and planting are Derwent Diggers / MiB. The garden islands at Water Lane Car Park are MiB. Sparrow's Nest, including the new sculputre, is our handy work. The new planting to the roundabouts is MiB. 
 
Any projects in the pipeline? 
 
Yes MiB always looks to move forward with new projects. We have just completed the track at the horse, and the Sparrow's Nest park area. We are looking at expanding the roundabouts, and providing new planting areas in town. 
Malton In Bloom enters Yorkshire in Bloom annually where we continue to hope winning gold awards. The judges are guided by three core pillars; Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation. 
Horticultural Achievement 
 
They evaluate plant selection and plant quality, having regard to colours, the design of the scheme, and themes, distribution and age of the plants. They evaluate maintenance, weeding, watering, dead heading, thinning and cultivation. 
 
A good example of this is, in designing sparrows nest, one area lent itself to a woodland scheme, so we selected plants like grasses, ferns and those frond like to provide the woodland structure, whereas another bed lent itself to pollinators such as cornflour, lavender and rudbeckia. 
 
Environmental Responsibility 
 
The judges are looking for the protection and conservation of the natural environment and wildlife habitat. They are looking at cleanliness, litter collections, street weeds, street furniture maintenance and animal waste control. They are also looking for the inclusion of a sense of place, heritage, art in the landscape and signage through interpretation boards. 
 
Community Participation 
 
Active engagement with the local audience, both within and around the immediate area. They are looking for evidence of ongoing projects by the local in bloom initiative, evidence of some formal planning. We are actively encouraged to involve all ages and maximise social media. You can find Malton in Bloom on facebook and instagram.  
 
Malton In Bloom supports all three of our local schools, Malton Secondary School, Malton Primary School and St Mary's Roman Catholic 
School. They have been working hard on the Royal Horticultural Society Schools Programme which starts young people on a lifetimes journey with plants. Children learn how to grow and harvest vegetables, grow fruit and create planting areas suitable for bees and butterflies. Bug hotels have been installed in all three schools along with raised beds. The students at Malton School have even made their hanging baskets which are displayed beautifully around the school and supply the school kitchen with produce from their garden. Malton In Bloom are delighted that our schools are part of our project, we are keen to share practical knowledge and inspire people of all ages and abilities with an interest in plants and gardening, growing the next generation of horticulturists.  
 
We also involved the scouts where they planted the seeds for our wildflower garden at Orchard Fields. The photo adjacent is actual evidence of their hard work. 
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