TERRY BANE HORTICULTURAL CAREER 1974 - 2020
PAST NORWICH ROUNDABOUT and TRAFFIC ISLAND DISPLAYS
SUSTAINABLE DISPLAYS and BIODIVERSITY
C.I.M. SPONSORSHIP SIGNS
CITY COLLEGE NORWICH
NORWICH PRISON SERVICES
BARFORD VAN HIRE
THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE
TERRY BANE and FRIENDS OF NORWICH IN BLOOM
1986 - 2016
NORWICH and NORFOLK CROCOSMIA HERITAGE
TERRY BANE and ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2001 - 2020
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM
NATIONS IN BLOOM/LIVCOM
CONTACT TERRY BANE at:
Terry Bane at The Norfolk College of Horticulture
Burlingham Summer 1975
Terry Bane has spent a life time in horticulture as a professional and a way of life, enjoying the growing of flowers, fruit, vegetables and native plants and to encourage biodiversity and provide wildlife sustenance and habitat.
This webpage show some of Terry's favourite photos, articles and highlights of Terry's Horticultural Career, more photos and details can be found by clicking on the GREEN LINKS amongst the text and left hand menu.
FULL TIME STUDENT OF HORTICULTURE SEPTEMBER 1974 - SEPTEMBER 1976
Terry's professional horticultural career started in September 1974 as a full time student at The NORFOLK COLLEGE OF HORTICULTURE Burlingham an hours walk from Terry's home in Lingwood, as a boy and school pupil Terry had
A PASSION TO GROW PLANTS from seeds and cuttings and realised at an early stage his career would be with plants.
Having passed horticultural exams and completing the course at Burlingham Terry applied for further specialist commercial horticulture training at THE ROYAL GARDENS WINDSOR and was successful.
Burlingham asked Terry and one other student if they would like to stay on and work during the summer, when Terry's contract ran out he was fortunate to be offered work at Colmans, Carrow working in the grounds and greenhouses.
In September Terry travelled to Windsor and lived at Windsor Hall with 24 other students in the grounds of Home Park, Terry attended training one day a week at The Berkshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture as well as specialist in house training in the Hall, greenhouses and grounds of Home Park..
Having passed horticultural exams and completing the course Terry decided it was time to return home to Norfolk and seek a full time job in gardening, preferably plant propagation under glass.
Conservatory Colman's Carrow Norwich Sept 1975
Terry Bane (Back Row Right) with Windsor Students August 1976
All Saints Green Summer Bedding Norwich c1980s
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL 20th SEPTEMBER 1976 - JUNE 1977
Returning home to Norfolk I applied for a job at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, I went for interview and was successful to start work in their greenhouses, I also applied for a job at Norwich City Council who offered me a job but said their were no vacancies in the greenhouses and would I be prepared to become a top grade gardener for the time being, I accepted.
I started working for Norwich City Council at Castle Gardens under Foreman Sidney Lovewell on 20th September 1976, the first person I met as I arrived was young apprentice Gary Larke then charge hand Frank Elvin, Keith Browse, Bob Myhill, Kenny Wilkinson and Derek Joyce (known as Bo) the area supervisor for the north of the city which included Castle Gardens was Peter Fletcher, Peter brought the weekly wages and had a habit of calling everyone Old Sport.
I enjoyed working with the Castle and Churchyards Team seeing and planting up some of the seasonal bedding displays in the heart of Norwich including Castle Gardens, Castle Meadow, All Saints Green and some churchyards, my younger brother John later worked from Castle Gardens under Sidney Lovewell and our school friend Gary Mutten.
I worked 4 months at Castle Gardens then 3 months at Mousehold Heath under Maurice Goodall then 3 months at Eaton Park under David Saunderson before achieving my goal EARLHAM PARK NURSERY under Jack Baker in June 1977.
Sidney Lovewell (second from right) with
Parks Staff at Derek Gibson Memorial Bench
Chapelfield Gardens 1980s
New Greenhouses Earlham Park Nursery Winter 1982
Terry Bane, John Attoe and Richard England
Earlham Park Nursery Norwich 30th July 1984
Terry's Passion Sowing and Growing in The
Propagation Unit Earlham Park Nursery 1983
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - EARLHAM PARK NURSERY JUNE 1977 - APRIL 1990
Nursery Manager Jack Baker was a vocal but very fair man who I grew to respect and became a good friend with during the time I worked at Earlham Park, my very first task was to plant out Myosotis, Pansy, Polyanthus and Wallflower seedlings in the top nursery field and keep them watered, weed and disease free until they were ready for planting out across Norwich in October, around 100,000 Autumn Bedding Plants were grown on the nursery fields.
My ambition was to manage some of the greenhouses and particularly hot houses, orchids and propagation but first I was tested by Jack to see if I was capable and deserving, after 18 months on trial I achieved my ambition.
In 1977 I also met John Attoe (now at City College Norwich) and Michael Denmark (now at Floranova), in 1979 Ian Harris (now owner of Hockering Nursery) joined us, we all became good friends, each having a passion for horticulture and specialist roles at Earlham and Whitlingham Nurseries over the years we worked together.
In 1983 I was promoted to Park and Nursery Supervisor and in 1987 became Nursery Manager when Jack retired.
In 1986 through Chris Dunn Parks Department I became a volunteer committee member and judge for The Norwich in Bloom Association, Earlham Nursery advised and supplied hanging baskets, troughs and planters to Norwich business as part of the Norwich in Bloom campaign, Chris encouraged sponsorship of roundabouts.
During my judging of gardens I first met Jo and Reg Chiddick, they were competition winners.
In 1987 Mirelle Yellop joined the nursery.
In 1989 Terry and Mirelle were married in the Earlham Room registry office at City Hall.
Mirelle Yellop with Hanging Baskets
Earlham Park Nursery 1989
Friends of Norwich in Bloom, Judges and Entrants with Rt. Worshipful Lord Mayor Cllr. David Fuller and Sheriff of Norwich Jill Miller.
Chris Dunn Chairman (far right) Terry Bane (Back Row 8th from right Sunglasses) Jo Chiddick (Second from left) at Notcutts 1989
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GROUNDS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TEAM JUNE 1990 - 1999
Sadly from April 1990 - June 1990 I had an unpleasant stressful time with my direct manager at City Works who asked me to leave, after Union advice I spent 3 months working on projects in the Grounds Maintenance Team at City Works before I was called to a meeting at City Hall with my manager, Head of the Union and Head of Personnel, I won my case but decided I could not return back to Earlham Park Nursery working under the same manager, I felt for all my staff and friends at Earlham Park Nursery who had supported me through the case, Earlham Park Nursery closed 3 years later.
In June 1990 I was invited to become a Contract Inspector in the new and forming Grounds Maintenance Contract Team at Elliot House, Ber Street by my previous manager Parks Assistant Officer Ted Hamlin Contract Manager and Chris Dunn Contract Officer, I was one of 3 Contract Inspectors until my area was the City Centre and South of Norwich.
Both Ted and Chris encouraged and valued me especially Chris, I worked with previous colleagues Gordon Souter Arboricultural Officer, Anne Crotty Arboricultural Assistant and Grahame Hawker Horticultural Officer, I made new friends with Contract Inspectors Colin Stephenson and Richard Phillips, later David Mingay (who I new from City Works) Richard Hackney, Jo Yates (previously at Earlham Park Nursery) and James Eason, Helen Corner was GIS Officer and later Tony Secker, Tony helped much of the time although with MSU Management Services Unit, we called Tony the oracle as he had an amazing knowledge of every part of the city and history of maintenance maps.
in 1994 Terry was appointed as Horticultural Officer, Terry's friend Grahame Hawker leaving to work at Wisley Gardens.
I was delighted to become Horticultural Officer as my role included designing, liaising and ordering all bedding plants and bulbs for seasonal displays across the city, sadly Earlham Park Nursery was leased out, supply of bedding plants were tendered supplied by Red Hall Services, Leeds, then Sperrinks Nursery, Newmarket and later Peter Ward near Wisbech.
As Horticultural Officer I checked all Landscape planting plans to ensure appropriate plants were correctly used, checked what the contract maintenance costs would be, ordered up the works followed by a visiting all new planting schemes in Spring to ensure the works had been carried out correctly then send off for digitising onto the G.I.S. contract maps.
I also designed and had planted to my plans many roundabouts, traffic islands and housing refurbishments.
One of the lengthiest tasks I carried out almost non-stop for around 6 months during 1994 was to consider and write all the horticultural specifications for the forthcoming Grounds Maintenance Contract tender from City Works to City Care.
GM Contracts Team Gladstone House 1991 (left to right)
Grahame Hawker - Helen Corner - Colin Stephenson
Anne Crotty - Terry Bane - Ted Hamlin - David Mingay - Gordon Souter
GM Contracts Team Gladstone House 1993
Terry Bane and Grahame Hawker Gladstone House 1994
Traditional Summer Bedding Geraniums and Cineraria
Fiveways Roundabout Norwich July 1996
GM Contracts Team Gladstone House 1997
BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection 1995
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GROUNDS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TEAM - B.A.S.I.S. TRAINING 1995 - 2010
As Horticultural Officer I also advised Contract Officers, Parks Officers and Rangers, Contractors and users (Clubs) of any issues with Sports Turf Football Pitches, American Football and Lacrosse, Fine Turf, Bowling Greens, Croquet Lawns, Cricket Tables, Tennis Courts and Pitch and Putt Greens, I was very fortunate to receive a weeks specialist training at The Sports Turf Research Institute, Bingley in 1994 including pest and disease control.
At Earlham Park Nursery I used pesticides and fertilisers for many years, I received training and passed the National Proficiency Test Council Certificate of Competency exam and then individual modules, Hand Held Applicator using a Knapsack Sprayer and specialist module Mists, Fogs and Smokes to be able to apply pesticides legally, I also took a certificated pesticide store keeper B.A.S.I.S. exam in 1989 as I managed purchasing, stock keeping and records of all pesticides used in and around Earlham Park Nursery, where ever possible I preferred to use natural environmentally friendly products Biological Control (Parasites, Predators and Pathogens) and sticky traps.
In 1995 as I became Norwich City Councils Horticultural Officer, because of my experience and use of pesticides I was asked if I would be willing to attend 3 weeks of specialist pesticide training over a nine month period and take an exam at Writtle University College, Chelmsford to become Norwich City Councils deemed competent Pesticide and Fertiliser Advisor, I was advisor for 15 years ensuring natural environmentally friendly methods were used in preference first.
I went on and continued training each year to keep my knowledge updated and passed exams, I finally achieved and was very proud to be awarded the B.A.S.I.S. Diploma in Agronomy in 2009.
B.A.S.I.S. Diploma in Agronomy 2009
Terry Bane studying Summer Bedding Trial Beds at Writtle University College, Chelmsford 1995
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GROUNDS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TEAM - HARDY ANNUALS 1997/98 and 2013
Early 1997 there was a problem with budgets, bedding plants could not be procured for the summer as an alternative I suggested and researched the use of Hardy Annuals as a quick fix to supply summer displays across the city.
By coincidence seed suppliers D.T. Brown were starting a trial of a new Dutch developed uniform height mixture called Bohemian Rhapsody, I looked at the details and purchased 15 kilos of seed, all annual flower beds were prepared to a fine tilth during early April, the seed sown and raked in, germination took around 3 weeks developing into a green mat!
At the end of May every flower bed in Norwich looked liked uncared for weeds, many letters of complaints were received.
In early June every flower bed burst into sparkling colour, many letters and phone calls of compliment were received including national interest from the media and many local authorities wanting to know more about how to grow.
I also received much interest from Norwich business who wanted to sponsor the hardy annual flower beds.
My manager Chris Dunn and I both took many photographs of the hardy annual displays that were asked for my the national media, the supplier also asked for the photos which I negotiated for supply of free seed for 1998.
By 1999 we stopped using as lots of new sponsors started to support Norwich in Bloom and wanted logos and colour designs in season bedding plants, new hardy annual mixes developed over the years.
In 2013 as a temporary display on St. Stephens Roundabout I used a mixture of Little Carpet Mixed hardy Annuals from Moles Seeds, the mainly California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) display was so popular with the public that our original plan to use sustainable perennials has not happened, different mixes have been added over the years.
Hardy Annuals DT Brown Seed Catalogue 1998
Terry Bane and Hardy Annuals Bohemian Rhapsody
Heigham Park Norwich 1997 Photo By Chris Dunn
Hardy Annuals Bohemian Rhapsody
Unthank Road Roundabout Norwich September 1997
Hardy Annuals Little Carpet Mixed
St. Stephens Roundabout Norwich July 2013
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GROUNDS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TEAM - 1.9 MILLION BULBS PLANTED 1999
One of my favourite initiatives that continue to be seen in spring each year since 2000 and should continue to be seen if managed are millions of Crocus, Chinodoxa and Narcissi that were planted in highway verges autumn 1999.
The bulbs took 3 months to carefully plant especially amongst tree roots, 400,000 Crocus and Chinodoxa were planted along Newmarket Road, the millions of bulbs wowed Norwich residents, commuters and visitors, we received many compliments and media attention including an interview by Anglia TV's Clare Weller with a very nervous Terry Bane.
Community bulb planting was a favourite activity through Terry's support and volunteering with The Friends of Norwich in Bloom, we brought together schools, colleges, scouts, groups and volunteers to sheltered housing schemes, church grounds, resident and community neighbourhoods, partner businesses and a 60,000 snowdrop walk at Colman Hospital.
At many of the planting activities Terry, Friends of Norwich in Bloom and volunteers would dress up in our "Bloom Red Coats" and pixie hats created by Jo Chiddick at one near Christmas planting at Pulls Ferry, City Care staff put on Santa Hats and false white beards to add a bit of fun for the schools who planted bulbs.
Sunflower Logos Crocus chrysanthus fuscotinctus
Grapes Hill Roundabout 6th February 2000
Hewett under 5's Plant Crocus with Lord Mayor
The Assembly House 9th November 2000
Evening News Caroline Jenkinson Plants Bulbs
Catlle Market Street 27th November 2001 By Kind Permission Archant
Spring is in The Air - Grapes Hill Roundabout
12th February 2002 By Kind Permission Archant
Sheriff of Norwich Paul King with Norwich in Bloom Pixies
Plant Crocus logo Colman Hospital 17th November 2004
Mum's Favourite Photo Brothers John left Terry Bane right
Plant Snowdrops Colman Hospital 23rd November 2004
John and Sarah Bane Help Plant 20,000 Snowdrops
Colman Hospital 23rd November 2004 By Kind Permission Archant
Purple4Polio Crocus Bulb Planting
The Assembly House 10th October 2016
Terry Bane Poster with 1999 Competition Winners
Used on Display Boards Inviting Entry Into The
Norwich in Bloom Competitions 2000
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GREEN SPACES TEAM 1999 - 2006
In 1999 my role as Horticultural Officer continued first under manager George Ishmael then Bob Fell, I was lucky to stay in the same office and with my friends Chris Dunn, Andrew Slaughter and Jeff Taylor, we all got on supporting each other through a difficult time of changes, regularly we took days off mostly watching planes and day return flights!
In March 1999 George asked me to meet The Friends of Norwich in Bloom and report back following a letter requesting support, I met Alma and Bradley Simmonds in the Memorial Gardens, I could see the association was struggling and let George know, George asked me to attend one of their meetings in the Mancroft Room at City Hall one evening, I arrived early, the first person I met was the recently appointed Chair William "Bill" Webster, we both took to each other, I liked Bill's enthusiasm, I was surprised only 5 members attended remembering when 60 - 70 attended at the Guildhall.
George asked me to fully support and help Bill and The Friends of Norwich in Bloom, with Sponsorship developing I was able to mix both together to promote advertising opportunities and encourage and invite support for "Norwich in Bloom"
in 1999 I started to develop my DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY skills taking photographs of sponsorship sites and Friends of Norwich in Bloom competition winners in their gardens with civic dignitaries during presentation days, with my friend and colleague Martin Henry Allotment Officer we printed large promotional photos and created a set of promotional display boards and information leaflets, we invited Friends of Norwich in Bloom to join us at horticultural events.
Bill was always available and joined us enthusiastically at promotional events and photographic opportunities with new sponsors, the sponsors liked Bill's enthusiasm which put them at ease having their photos taken by me or the press, over the years Bill was seen regularly in the papers and became well known as "Mr. Norwich in Bloom".
Bill Webster and Phyllis Webster with Promotional Display
N & N Hort. Society Spring Show April 2000
Bill Always Supported Sponsorship Promotion
Alan Dobbins Hatch Brenner Anne and Ron Borrett May 2000
Friends of Norwich in Bloom Campaign Launch
At City Hall May 2000
Friends of Norwich in Bloom Campaign Launch
City Hall 23rd May 2000 By Kind Permission Archant
Terry Bane and Martin Henry With Promotional Display
Allotment Fayre September 2000
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GREEN SPACES TEAM - SPONSORSHIP and NORWICH IN BLOOM 1999 - 2006
From 1999 to 2007 I never had much time for myself, I was very lucky that Mirelle supported and put up with me spending lots of time away from home during the evenings and weekends organising and managing events and activities across Norwich, in the ANGLIA IN BLOOM region, at national RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM and Nations in Bloom (now LIVCOM).
It was a enjoyable and very successful time for Norwich and myself, I felt very honoured and proud to represent Norwich.
Bill Webster introduced me to Carolyn Dunn in 1999, Carolyn attended Friends of Norwich in Bloom meetings and events supporting the initiative and was keen to re-launch and promote the campaign, Carolyn encouraged Norwich business to support and sponsor Norwich in Bloom through the CCMP quarterly brochure and networks, CCMP also sponsored a flower bed outside Carolyn's office in Prince of Wales Road, seasonal bedding was used to create a floral CCMP logo.
In 2000 Norwich's first success was winning the Anglia in Bloom Best City Award and Best Bloom Team Trophy, soon after with continued promotion and press articles more business took up advertising on roundabouts and traffic islands.
In 2001 I met for interview EDP garden writer Antony King-Deacon for an article called In A Roundabout Way, Antony asked for a photograph of a roundabout, I supplied a recent photo of Grapes Hill Roundabout I designed and organised planting using Palms, Eucalyptus, Midland Roses and annual bedding, Antony liked MY PHOTOGRAPHY asking if I had any more to use for his writings, I supplied around 100 photographs used most Saturdays until Antony sadly died in 2005.
In 2006 I met Mark Baker from CREATIVE IMAGE MANAGEMENT (C.I.M.) who were better value and provided a complete design and installation service for all advertisers using the Norwich in Bloom scheme. Mark cared about the environmental campaign donating lots of time and free products/service to the initiative until the scheme finished on 31st March 2020, it was through Mark and his network and friendship that sponsorship and support doubled over the years.
First Buses Sponsorship
Castle Meadow Norwich July 2001
Business Encouraged To Support Norwich in Bloom
Bonds (John Lewis) Press Article 17th February 2001
Carolyn Dunn City Centre Management Partnership
Sponsors Prince of Wales Road Flower Bed June 2001
Terry's Photo For In A Roundabout Way EDP Article
Grapes Hill Roundabout Norwich July 2001
Elliots of Eaton Sponsorship
Newmarket Road Roundabout Norwich July 2001
Holden Jeep Sponsorship with City Care
Barn Road Roundabout - Norwich 29th May 2002
Mark Baker C.I.M. Sponsors and Supports
Norwich Train Station 22nd November 2007
St. Stephens Street Barrier Baskets Summer 2002
Terry's Amberol Competition 2nd Place Photo
Ber Street Balcony Baskets September 2002
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GREEN SPACES TEAM - SPONSORSHIP - BARRIER BASKETS 1999 - 2006
In the mid 1990's 30 AMBEROL BARRIER BASKETS were acquired and used on railings in the heart of Norwich along St. Stephens Street, each May/June the units were planted up with summer bedding plants at Chapelfield Gardens depot and taken to St. Stephens Street and bolted to the railings just for the summer then taken down and stored during the autumn/winter/spring, it was a time consuming task.
I investigated and found Amberol also produced Barrier Basket Liners that could be planted up at a nursery, grown on then transported to site and placed in the units, saving time, extra liners were purchased and autumn displays were introduced allowing the Barrier Basket units to be left on site all year round.
The St. Stephens Street central reservation Barrier Basket displays were seen and very popular with Norwich shoppers, local business became interested and asked if they could support and advertise on railings adjacent to the baskets.
The first to advertise at St. Stephens Street in 1999 was Highway Nurseries as a contra deal, making up and supplying all Barrier Basket displays during summer and autumn for advertising at Martineau Lane Roundabout until 2002.
Over the years many business took the opportunity to advertise alongside BARRIER BASKETS AND PLANTERS in Norwich.
In 2002 I took and entered a photograph of Amberol Balcony Baskets on the Bonds (now John Lewis) railings into the AMBEROL PHOTO CALENDAR COMPETITION, my photo came 2nd, I was awarded £500 of goods to the value of £500, I entered many times over the years winning and donating around £5,000 worth of products for Norwich in Bloom projects and Swainsthorpe and Shrewsbury, from 2016 to 2019 I did not enter as I became a judge for Amberol.
In 2003 Ian Harris at Hockering Nursery was awarded the contract to supply Norwich City Council with Barrier Baskets and plant up containers around Norwich and has won the contract every year until 2019 when Norwich City Council decided not to continue with the railing displays, City Care watered and maintained the displays throughout the year.
In 2004 due to roadwork improvements all railings at St. Stephens Street and Red Lion Street Planters were taken down 14 Barrier Baskets were relocated to the balcony railings at City Hall the rest to various sites around Norwich.
During lunchtimes along with Bill Webster and City Council Superintendents I installed an automatic watering system to City Hall balcony railings to water the baskets late evening/early mornings to save loss of water during hot days.
Ian Harris and Terry Bane
Hockering Nursery May 2004
Terry Bane, Ian Harris and William Webster
Hay Hill Barrier Baskets March 2004
City Hall Balcony Barrier Baskets September 2004
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GREEN SPACES TEAM - PARTNERSHIPS and NORWICH IN BLOOM 1999 - 2006
In 1999 I met up with my good friend John Attoe who had started to teach horticulture at Norwich training workshop asking if John and the students would like to take delivery of Canna's from the summer bedding displays in September to over winter and grow on as part of the students coursework so we could use the plants again in June 2000 - this was the start of a 20 year partnership with City College Norwich - It has been a personal pleasure for me to have helped establish and sustain this partnership through my horticultural passion and friendship with John Attoe.
In 1998 The Assembly House became a partner with Norwich in Bloom through House Manager Michael King and still continues, the grounds and beautiful building were always a favourite starting place for Bloom campaign tours.
in 2001 meetings at City Hall were moved to the Royal British Legion Club at Aylsham Road where Bill's son Martin Webster ran the premises, parking was free, Friends of Norwich in Bloom members and City College Norwich students helped develop the grounds for free rooms, the partnership ran until the British Legion closed in 2013.
In 2003 Bill Webster and Carolyn Dunn visited HM Prison Services governor to look at redundant greenhouses and polythene tunnels to see if plants could be grown by inmates and staff for Norwich sheltered housing schemes.
In 2003 Hussey Knights became partners supplying goods each year for promotional displays.
In 2004 Floranova became partners donating flower and vegetable seeds for civic and community projects.
In 2004 Barford Van Hire became a partner supplying a van to help deliver plants grown at Norwich Prison for community projects and late a mini bus for City College Norwich to transport plants and students to community plantings.
In 2005 Godfrey DIY Superstore donated compost and goods as part of a contra deal to advertise at Ketts Hill Roundabout helping to sustain and increase production of plants at Norwich Prison Services and City College Norwich.
John Attoe and Students Save Canna's and Compost
Waste Norwich Training Workshop 1999
Mike King (left) and Friends of Norwich in Bloom Welcome
Anglia in Bloom judges to The Assembly House July 2001
Barford Van Hire's David Sorrel Donates a Van To
Norwich in Bloom August 2004 By Kind Permission Archant
Floranova's Nick Belfield-Smith and Mike Denmark
Donate Seeds March 2004 By Kind Permission Archant
Godfrey Partnership City College Students Plant
Harford Manor School June 2006 By Kind Permission Archant
Crocosmia Heritage Group with Richard Briers
The Assembly House Norwich 20th November 2002
Macmillan Nurse Rose Planting
Colman Hospital Norwich 27th February 2003
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - GREEN SPACES TEAM - NORWICH IN BLOOM PLANTING PROJECTS 1999 - 2006
It was Bill Webster who made me realise that I could make a huge difference to Community Horticulture in Norwich by sharing my horticultural knowledge, experience and passion for plants, Bill was good at inspiring people.
The first community plantings from 2000 to 2003 were bulb plantings across the city bringing together mainly schools, sheltered housing with Friends of Norwich in Bloom and City Care, Norwich City Council Green Spaces supplying bulbs.
In 2002 after receiving a request from David Fenwick in Cornwall I started a project to create a Norfolk and Norwich Crocosmia Heritage Project at The Assembly House with Bradley Simmonds and volunteers.
In 2003 Bill contacted Peter Beales Roses and asked for McMillan Nurse Roses to be donated for Colman Hospital and Nurse Cavell Roses for the 2003 Anglia in Bloom Campaign Launch at The Edith Cavell Memorial, Tombland.
Bill and I developed a friendship with Peter Beales and his family and had many new varieties of roses bred by the family donated for various plantings across Norwich.
Harry Williamson loved growing plants, he grew many exotic plants including Tree Ferns at his Bradecroft sheltered housing garden, after entering and winning with his garden and the whole sheltered housing scheme in the local Norwich in Bloom competition Harry joined The Friends of Norwich in Bloom Team in 2004 to share his passion.
Harry and Bill Webster became great friends and spent many hours together most days at Hockering Nursery, Royal British Legion and The Assembly House, Harry became very friendly with Ian Harris and used Ian's Poly Tunnels at Hockering to grow plants for many Bloom Partnerships and Community Projects.
In 2005 Harry persuaded myself and Mike King to dig up the grass around the Pond Bed and create a Exotic Display using Palms, Bananas, Canna's and Gingers but Harry will always be remembered for the 1,000 tuberous Begonia's kept warm in trays under his bed and later grown on at Hockering Nursery before being planted out at The Assembly House.
In 2005 I found stored troughs previously used on City Hall Balcony, had a chat with Bill and Harry, the troughs were taken to Castle Bridge and with Jo and Reg Chiddick we planted up using plants grown at City College and Hockering Nursery, Castle Museum staff agreed to water and maintain.
Nurse Cavell Memorial Rose Planting
Anglia in Bloom Launch Norwich 6th March 2003
Harry Williamson With Anglia in Bloom Judges
Bradecroft Sheltered Housing 15th July 2004
Friends of Norwich in Bloom
Castle Bridge Planting Team June 2005
Castle Bridge Floral Troughs September 2005
Harry's Williamson's Exotic Display
The Assembly House Norwich 28th October 2005
Harry Williamson's Beautiful Begonia Display
The Assembly House 30th August 2006
NORWICH IN BLOOM ACHIEVEMENTS and AWARDS 1999 - 2006
Anglia In Bloom City Results:
2000 – Gold Award and Best City Winner
2001 – Silver Award
2002 – Gold Award and Best City Winner
2003 – Gold Award and Best City Winner and Anglia in Bloom Overall Winner and Best In Bloom Team Award
2004 – Silver Gilt Award and Best City Winner
2005 – Silver Gilt Award and Best City Winner
2006 – Silver Gilt Award and Best City Winner
RHS Britain In Bloom City Results:
2004 in Leeds - Silver Award - Bill Webster was honoured as a UK Community Champion
2005 in Cardiff - Silver Gilt Award - Friends of Norwich in Bloom were announced as the Best UK Community winners.
2006 in Norwich host the RHS Britain in Bloom launch in partnership from The Assembly House.
Nations In Bloom City Results:
2004 - Bronze Award as International finalists in Apeldoorn Holland.
I was very lucky to attend all these award ceremonies and proud and honoured to represent Norwich.
Norwich was successful because everyone in Norwich Got Involved, community, business, schools, organisations, groups, volunteers, City College Norwich and Norwich City Council, the judging routes were put together by Bill Webster, Alma Simmonds, George Ishmael and myself with Jo and Reg Chiddick, Sandra Paice and Kerrie Annison and Kenny as pre-tour runners, I produced all the portfolios each year apart from one that my friend Boyd Taylor created.
We studied the judging criteria and ensured the judges could see and read about the best of Norwich and the many people involved throughout the year, we always scored high on publicity and promotion through Archant regular press coverage.
Norwich Achieve Bronze at Nations in Bloom
Apeldoorn Holland October 2003
Norwich Anglia in Bloom Best City Winners
At City Hall Norwich 5th October 2000
City Council Friends with Trophies Andrew Slaughter, Chris Dunn,
Jeff Taylor and Terry Bane Gladstone House September 2000
Norwich Are Anglia in Bloom Overall Winners
Ipswich September 2003
Norwich Nations in Bloom Article
Apeldoorn Holland October 2003 By Kind Permission Archant
Norwich in Bloom RHS Britain in Bloom Win
Community Champions Award Cardiff October 2005
Terry's Photos Used in RHS Britain Bloom
Bloom Review Magazine Article Autumn 2005
BIODIVERSE Norwich Host RHS Britain Bloom
Review Magazine Article Norwich Spring 2006
Norwich Host RHS Britain in Bloom Launch
The Assembly House 24th February 2006
BIODIVERSE School Pupils Greet RHS Britain in Bloom
at The Assembly House Norwich 24th February 2006
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - CITY WIDE SERVICES TEAM 2006 - 2010
As Greens Spaces was disbanded a new Parks Team and City Wide Services Team was created, I was transferred into City Wide Services and continued as Horticultural Officer under manager David Mingay, I still managed Sponsorship, Pesticide, Feritlisers and Invasive Weed Management and gave horticultural advise to Contract Officer colleagues.
At a higher management level disappointingly I was asked not to support Friends of Norwich in Bloom or attend any Anglia in Bloom meetings/events during my work time any more, I complied but continued supporting and helping Friends of Norwich in Bloom during evenings and weekends and took holiday leave to attend Anglia in Bloom meetings and events.
2007 was perhaps the busiest Norwich in Bloom year for me as Bill Webster encouraged me to become Chair of Norwich in Bloom and I also became Chair of Anglia in Bloom, Bill became Ambassador of Norwich and Anglia in Bloom, I also was diagnosed as pre-diabetic which made me carefully think about how and when I ate to not develop get hypoglycaemia.
Max Griffiths right With Lakenham Residents Association
Plant Up Southwell Road Housing Communal Area
With City College Grown Plants 29th May 2013
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - COMMUNITIES and NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM SOUTH 2010 - 2016
In March 2010 my job was split to Horticultural and Funding Officer and a job share as Contract Officer in one of 4 neighbourhoods offices across the city, I was moved from St. Giles House to the South Neighbourhood Team based at Lakenham Area Housing Officer.
The south and each team consisted of a manager, a Contract Officer, a Community Officer and 6 Neighbourhood Wardens, I was unhappy with the split job but made new work friends and carried on cheerily, Lakenham was very convenient as my Mum lived close by, I was able to see and support Mum during lunchtimes and on my way home.
In 2013 further changes were being made, 8 Contract Officers were needed and 9 people existing, I was able to leave and become "Semi-retired" working just 2 days a week as Horticultural and Funding Officer.
In August 2015 all 4 Neighbourhood Managers, 4 Community Officers and myself relocated to City Hall in one office.
NORWICH CITY COUNCIL - NEIGHBOURHOODS ENABLING TEAM 2016 - 31st MARCH 2020
Mark Baker with C.I.M. Congratulations Canaries Signage
Carrow Road Norwich 14th May 2019
Notcutts Nick Bugden and Matthew Bately
Ipswich Road Junction 16th April 2019
Lord Mayor Cllr. Martin Schmierer inspects
Student Grown Plants At City College Greenhouse
Growing Communities Partnership Project 2018
Sowing Seeds For City College to Grow On
Growing Partners with some of their 2,000 Plants
City College Norwich 5th September 2018
Tutor Fiona teaches Hope how to pot up plants
City College Norwich 12th September 2018
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