Keswick upon Derwentwater is situated in a beautiful mountainous
location in the north of the Lake District National Park, and consequently
receives around 2 million visitors each year from all over the world.
The Keswick in Bloom organisation has been established for many
years with the prime objective of enhancing the natural and planted
environment of Keswick in co-operation with local organisations, and
particularly the staff at the two main parks.
Keswick in Bloom volunteers work hard to ensure the town always looks
its best for the residents and visitors with respect to floral and
permanent planting displays, and also engage in projects to maintain
and enhance our heritage whilst respecting the environment.
We organise a local competition for residents, (click on the KIB Competition button), a children’s painting competition, (click on
the KIB Window and Events button), and support the Keswick Tourism Association “in bloom” competition, click here for
more information and links to KTA members websites.
Keswick in Bloom
The judging for our entry in the
Cumbria in Bloom competition 2014
took place on Tuesday 8th July, with
the results expected early in
September. A pdf copy of our
portfolio prepared for the judges can
be viewed by clicking on the link
below. You will need a copy of
Adobe reader which is available
free from www.adobe.com if you do
not already have it on your
Fund Raising, Sponsors and Donations
We are a voluntary body and rely on grants and donations to fund
our activities. We are grateful for the ongoing financial support
from Keswick Town Council and Allerdale Borough Council that
provides the bedrock for the plants, compost and other regular
consumables. We have also received support from the Lottery
Awards for All for our Tithebarn Corner project, and from Cumbria
County Council Neighbourhood Awards scheme for the Kiosk
Bed project. More details of these and other projects are on the
Beds and Planters page.
We also receive money from sponsors - individuals and
organisations such as Keswick Rotary and Keswick Lions - for
which we are very grateful. Our two main fund raising events are
our Plant Stall in June, and our Coffee Morning in November.
More details will be given as the events draw near. Again, thank
you to everyone who supports us.
The Underpass bed before we started
The Chipper at Work
Early spring with some of the planting in place
A plan of the planting showing the grouping of trees and shrubs.
The main route to the Lake runs down Lake Road, through an
underpass and then through or beside Hope Park. For many
years K in B has maintained beds at the bottom of lake road
to the Northwest of the path but the Southeast side was
overgrown with out of control cotoneaster liberally seeded
with Sycamore and Ash trees. Some of these trees were
huge and made the route dark and damp. We knew it needed
a complete facelift.
The land belonged to the County Council and was in the
Town Conservation area. We negotiated through the Town
Council with the CC to be allowed to do work on the land and
finally they granted rights to the Town Council to replant. We
were then able to apply for grant funding from Awards for All –
the Big Lottery fund. The grant finally arrived in October 2013.
November saw the tree fellers do their work leaving a pile of
chippings to be used to mulch the final planting. A very wet
winter delayed planting until the Spring but did mean there
was a lot of moisture in the ground when we planted trees
Keswick in Bloom Portfolio 2014