C astlefield has entered the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign for the last three years and each time we have been delighted to be awarded level 5, ‘Outstanding’ for our efforts.
The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign has been designed to provide an opportunity to smaller community groups to get involved in the wider Britain in Bloom initiative. It’s a unique scheme for volunteer-led community gardening groups which are focused on cleaning up and greening up their local area. Groups participating in the campaign are asked to focus on its three core pillars of:
- Community Participation
- Environmental Responsibility
- Gardening Achievement
A special thanks must go to our Gardening Working Group, led by Carol Standfield and the many members of the Forum who have worked hard, planting, weeding and tidying the area. We are also judged on our wider community activities. This includes our partnership working with all stakeholders in Castlefield, especially Castlefield Estates, MCC Neighbourhood Services, MOSI and the bars, restaurants & hotels; environmental improvements such as the replacement signage; biodiversity work and our forward planning with projects such as remodeling the Roman Gardens and the visionary Hanging Gardens project.
While participating groups are not judged against each other, they are visited by environmental, horticultural and community development ‘in Bloom’ experts (RHS assessors). Based on the visit, each community receives an RHS certificate of achievement reflecting how well participants have met the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood aims. There are five levels of achievement in the campaign:
Castlefield Forum is very proud that our locality has achieved the highest award once again.