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EL Magazine MAR-APR 2018 PROOF SINGLE 13.2.18

Essentially Local offers a directory of local businesses and services which encourages the community around Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford and Wolverton to shop local. You'll find articles, useful information, reader offers and a competition. There is something for every age group. Read on to find out more.

Home & Garden Wolverton

Home & Garden Wolverton and Greenley’s Winning Celebrations After successfully winning gold in 2017, Wolverton and Greenleys Britain in Bloom team intends to celebrate their win and the royal wedding by following the colour scheme red, white and blue. The team are keen to keep the momentum of their win going and welcome any new volunteers that are interested in: • lending a hand by planting • watering • litter-picking • and by helping-out in many more ways Stony Stratford in Bloom The exciting plans to celebrate SSIB’s 10 year anniversary are well underway. A new vibrant bed on Fullers Slade is taking shape and Dominic Harris from Manor Drives has removed the turf and rotavated. A £200 award from MK Community Foundation has enabled SSIB to buy plants and Bunnings Warehouse donated manure, compost and sand to prepare the ground. Volunteers and Fullers Slade residents have already dug the area and planting will begin soon. This spring and later in autumn the Fullers Slade Youth Group and Rowans Centre will also get involved. Other plans include revamping the bed in front of the Library in Stony with colourful new plants. Working with the Business Association, SSIB are agreeing a colour scheme for baskets and planters for the summer. In support of the Women’s KEEP AN EYE OUT Turn to page 20 for more details about “Artists in Bloom” an art competition and exhibition run with Essentially Local to celebrate Stony Stratford and Wolverton & Greenleys in Bloom’s achievements. Art and Horticulture working together! Suffrage movement in gaining votes for women SSIB has decided that one planter will include purple, green and white plants. To get involved please either call the Town Council on 01908 326800, pop down to the Town Hall or email office@wgtc.org.uk. Those that live outside of the Parish area are also welcome to be part of the Britain in Bloom team. Rain caused cancellations for some of work parties over the last few months, but the increased numbers of volunteers are keeping abreast of the weeds and pruning. More are always welcome. Diary Dates • Clare Price is giving a talk on choosing trees for a modest garden and how to maintain them. The talk will take place on 21 March in Stony Stratford Library. • The team will also be joining forces with York House for the plant sale/tombola and York House coffee morning 21 April at York House. 44 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers

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