Families flocked to Marine Cove to take part in the Easter Activities which included a popular Easter Egg Hunt, craft table, flower bashing and raffle with refreshments. Building on the success of Easter May Day is set to be even better, seeing the garden being visited by Flower Fairies and Impish Elves. Make yourself a fairy wand or Imps inventing stick, have another go at the popular Flower Bashing and create yourself a badge. The public will be selecting the towns "Town Crier" during the event, so let your voice be heard. Entertainment provided by a local Blues Band with refreshments being served by the volunteers at the Friends of Marine Cove. The activities are all FREE so come along and enjoy the garden at the start of the season.
The formal beds are currently undergoing a transition from the traditional formal bedding scheme to a community gardening project with edible crops and companion plants living side by side. If you would like to volunteer with this project please get in touch with the community gardener through the contacts page.
Prints available for purchase.
The painting donated by Bill
Edwards will be available in print form during May, if you would like to
order a copy please get in touch for more details.
The Story Telling Event went well with Adrian Beckingham the Man from Story Mountain facilitating the days event. Traditional stories were told in the teepee, with real fire to set the scene. Also present were local author Linda Bond, who shared some of her short stories with the groups that attended during the day.
The Friends of Marine Cove were happy to present a £10 book token to Ophelia Buckton who entered the competition at King Alfreds School in Highbridge to write a short story. Her story "The candyfloss bird" was selected by volunteers and Friends of Marine Cove, which was an amusing tale of a bird who got stuck in a cloud and out of desperation decided to eat his way out, imagine his surprise when he found that clouds tasted of candyfloss
Bethany a pupil at Churchfield read confidently a story she had written for the group in the teepee.
The event was organised as part of National Story Telling Week, Sedgemoor District Council and The friends of Marine Cove worked together to put on this unusual event to encourage people to think of alternate reasons to visit the garden out of season. Overall the day was successful and the volunteers are hopeful to recreate the event next year.
The Friends of Marine Cove have been successful in achieving "Outstanding" in this years RHS Neighbourhood in Bloom award.
The award goes to community groups who are working together to improve the local open spaces.
The volunteers are pleased with their award and makes all the hard work worth it.
The young people of the Burnham Dreamscheme spent their first community session for the summer holidays in Marine Cove Gardens. The task they completed was sanding down 5 of the benches ready for them to be treated with Danish Oil. The young people aged between 8 and 13 years of age all worked really hard sanding the benches and clearing out underneath them.
Community Gardener Jacqui Strong said "it was very important to treat the benches as we are awaiting some new memorial plaques and we want the benches to be treated before we put them on. Everyone worked really hard and seemed to enjoy themselves also!"
Marine Cove basked in the summer sun on Sunday
afternoon celebrating Love Parks week. Visitors were able to enjoy free
refreshments courtesy of The Friends of Marine Cove and use the croquet
equipment/boules and other traditional outdoor games throughout the
Those that attended enjoyed the activities available and were able to ask questions about the history of the garden and the restoration of the garden. Everyone was very positive about the garden. The next event planned in the garden will be on Thursday 2nd August at 745pm with the Chalice Morris Men. The Craft Fayre is not far away on Saturday 11th August at 11am - it will go ahead with a wet weather plan if needed. Please support the events being organised by Sedgemoor District Council and The Friends of Marine Cove.
On 17th July 2012 Marine Cove gardens were awarded the Green Flag. This is a very prestigous award. The Green Flag Award scheme continues to grow internationally with expansion into the Netherlands and Germany due to ambitious pilot projects.
The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Green Flag Award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces. Any green space in the UK is eligible to win this award providing it is freely accessible to the public. Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts. The scheme was set up in 1996.
Sedgemoor's other Green Flag award winning park is
Apex Park in Highbridge.
The Jubilee weekend was a success with over 400 people visiting the garden on Saturday 2nd June following the parade and World Record Sandcastle attempt on the beach. The Friends of Marine Cove were busy selling Cream Teas and Lily the Frogs! 200 metres of handmade bunting decorated the railings and shelters within the garden.
On Tuesday wet weather forced the Burnham and Highbridge Town Band and volunteers including the Burnham WI and Friends of Marine Cove to use the facilities at the Community Centre on Berrow Road. More teas were sold along with Plants and promotional material linked to the garden.
Thanks to all that visited the garden and supported the Jubilee Events. We look forward to seeing you at future events.
See the Jubilee Photo Gallery here