Our volunteers don't just clean up the environment. They work to improve the environment adding colour and cheer. Our founder, Sarah began guerrilla gardening along Oakfield Road with help from local residents, Altrincham Air Cadets and Altrincham Synchro Ice Skating Team. The raised brick flowerbeds along Oakfield Road had been abandoned for years and left to overgrow with weeds. With minimal investment but a lot of hard work, they have been bursting forth every Spring with golden daffodils but are sadly soon to be demolished by a property developer.
Our Altrincham became involved with ALTRINCHAM IN BLOOM (AIB) in 2012, then coordinated by Trafford Council. Since 2014 Sarah has coordinated the AIB project along with Karen Wroe from Art With A Heart and with support from a host of other community groups and businesses. This work has resulted in Gold Awards for Altrincham in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the North West In Bloom awards, and Altrincham is a Britain in Bloom UK finalist in 2017. Our Altrincham now sponsors the AIB project. Sarah was appointed an RHS Britain In Bloom Champion for Cheshire in 2015 by North West In Bloom and encourages the formation of new 'In Bloom' groups throughout Cheshire and Trafford. Art With A Heart also received recognition in the form of a special commendation from North West In Bloom in 2015.
Altrincham In Bloom's theme for 2017 is Sense-Sation with a focus on how the environment stimulates the five sense of taste, smell, sight, sound and touch.
AIB also supports the three-year RHS campaign, Greening Grey Britain. This campaign focuses on transforming grey spaces into green places for people and wildlife to enjoy. There is substantial documentary evidence that quality green places contribute numerous benefits - health, happiness, wellbeing and improved air quality among them.
Altrincham In Bloom's first major project was the transformation of 'Four Seasons walkway' from an overgrown weed-ridden mess to an attractive perennial garden which will provide ever-improving year-round interest. The walkway was transformed thanks to grants from Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund and Marks & Spencer, along with funds raised by Altrincham Community Team, Altrincham In Bloom's former sponsor. Volunteers from all over the town along with two large groups from Marks & Spencer's 'Spark Something Good' campaign and from The Church of the Latter Day Saints worked on the walkway at various times during a sixteen-month period, finishing on 10th October 2015.