Ashton-on-Mersey in Bloom

Ashton on Mersey: A Village in Bloom!

Ashton on Mersey Village have entered the Village in Bloom competition for the first time this year, with an added focus on helping to tackle loneliness, becoming a dementia-friendly community and working together. 

Robbie Murray from Herbert Murray Funeral Directors in the village has played a major role in co-ordinating this initiative. Westway Nissan and Herbert Murray Funeral directors are two of the main sponsors of the event which has enabled many hanging baskets and planter troughs to be acquired.

Planters in all shapes and sizes have been sponsored or taken over by a variety of local businesses, schools, churches, care homes, community and young people’s groups and the village was a hive of activity on Saturday 11th May when local residents and members of all the groups turned out to do their planting.

St Paul’s Church, whilst clearly not in the village was invited to take part and has painted and planted out the violet coloured trough planter in front of the village chemist. The trough has been packed with marigolds, petunias, pansies, impatiens and lobelia and displays coloured photographs of the outside and inside of our church in all its magnificence. The planter should be in full bloom by the time this article is published.

If you are not a village regular it will certainly be worth a visit this summer.

Irrespective of the outcome of the official Village in Bloom Competition it has certainly been worth the effort judging from the very positive comments which I received from passers-by when planting out our trough.

Brian Kerridge

2019 planter