The Garden Friends
The present 'Addingham Garden Friends'
group was set up in 2001 to replace the 'Village in Bloom' group
which had been operating since about 1980. That group was a
sub-committee of the Addingham Parish Council and it was felt
that it would be easier to operate, and especially the attract
grant funding, as an independent body. The current group,
consistentley 15 - 20, strong (see photo below), is free standing
but works very closely with Bradford Metropolitan District
Council, Addingham Parish Council, Addingham Civic Society,
Addingham Gardens and Allotments Association (AGAS), Addingham
Gala Committee, and Addingham Primary School Garden
Bradford metropolitan District Council Parks and
Landscapes Department (BMDC) has a local team led by Keith
Mitchell, which is a reliable support in practical matters such
as hard landscaping and mowing. The team also plants up the
seasonal bedding in the two largest public gardens.
Parish Council provides annual funding , backing over minor
projects, and liaison with BMDC.
Addingham Civic Society
raises money for its projects which have historically been
ambitious, and it is a significant contributor to Pride of Place.
It has been responding to a plan by Bradford Metropolitan
District Council to site 400 new houses in Addingham, whilst
co-ordinating and organising last year's Diamond Jubilee
celebrations and raising funds for the multi-use games area. It
helped our Britain in Bloom entry by publicising it throughout
the village and by taking steps to deal with eyesores, including
a burnt-out shop.
Addingham Gardens and Allotments
Association (AAGA) includes membership from the four
Parish-Council-owned allotment sites, and provides materials and
The Addingham Gala Committee also makes a
contribution to our funding, and AGF members provide practical
help on Gala day.
Addingham Primary School Garden Club has a
raised-bed garden which is beginning its third season. AGF
initiated its first fund-raising for this and keeps up a regular
link. It is enthusiastic about the In Bloom entry.
federal approach suits us all, since we can concentrate on our
main functions, co-operate by a network of links, and do not need
an extra over-arching layer of meetings.