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Issue No. 144 - 25th April 2007
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To the east of Ross-on-Wye are the villages of Upton Bishop and Linton. Again, individual houses can be made out on the full size images.

Image One: Upton Bishop
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Image Two: Linton
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The three images below are of the Doward, west of Ross-on-Wye. The 'ER' was planted to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The landmark can be seen from the road but it shows up much better from the air.

The view of Kerne Bridge is nice from above, as is May Hill to the east of Ross. The trees on top of May Hill can be seen from miles away on the ground. From the air they can be seen from as far away as Northampton but from directly overhead, they look like a bush. The photo is taken from approximately a mile high and brought closer by using a 300 mm lens.

Image One: The Doward
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Image Two: Kerne Bridge and Bishopswood
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Image Three: May Hill
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Ross in Bloom Competitions 2007

The Ross-in-Bloom team are very busy at the moment, working out the competitions they intend to hold for the coming Summer. They are also making plans for the annual Heart of England in Bloom Campaign, which in 2005 Ross won gold. It would be wonderful if the town could match that this year.

Certain categories are judged automatically and therefore do not need to be entered. These categories are: front gardens, commercials, guesthouses, inns, restaurants and hotels as well as baskets, planters and containers. The initial judging for these will commence during the last week in June, with at least three visits being made between then and the end of July by various sets of judges. Ross-in-Bloom would like to remind all gardeners that the committee are governed by the laws of trespass and will only be able to judge what can be seen from the road or pavements.

For those who wish to enter the other competitions, there is no automatic re-entry from last year's competition. New entry forms are available from Ross Heritage Centre which must be completed and returned to Mary Sinclair-Powell by 15th June.

These competitions are:
Retired/Disabled Individual Garden, Retired/Disabled Community Garden; Secret Garden for pubs, hotels, shops, etc. that have a private garden with public access, Best Street for six or more dwellings or businesses in a group, the Window Dressing Competition and The Childrens' Competition which is 'Make a Garden on a Tray' this year. All of these will be judged in July and August except for the latter, which will be judged in June.

All competitions are judged on a percentage mark, which means everybody has an equal chance of winning a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze award. Ross-in-Bloom would like to remind everybody that the colour scheme for Ross this year is red, white and blue.

The results are based on the following within 5 categories, which can gain a maximum of 10 marks each. Below are some pointers which may help you to gain a few extra marks this year.

a. Wow Factor - This being the immediate effect on the judges when they see the garden for the first time.
b. Good use of space available including height - this levels the playing field between large and small gardens.
c. Good use of colour - this includes the use of the town colours. A garden full of plants of one colour can look very bland. One bed or basket with one colour can give that instant wow factor using a mixture of colours across the whole area.
d. Good mix of plants - this shows that the gardener looks after wildlife in the area as different types of animal and bird life thrive on different diets. The odd small patch of nettles, for instance, encourages butterflies.
e. Good use of recycling, conservation, water retaining plants etc. - the latter is going to be a must in years to come if the long hot summers continue. The overall winner last year won by one point because they had not watered their lawn. We also look for bird tables and feeders, bird baths, insect habitats (including perhaps a small pile of old logs for them to live in)
f. Lack of weeds and litter - new litter can be ignored as it probably will have blown in overnight. However, old weather worn litter, large weeds, dead weeds and a general unkempt look can lose points, as can the amount of weeds and litter on the immediate area under hedges and walls on the boundary of the garden. Bags put out for recycling and the rubbish collections that day are ignored. Life goes on.
g. Bio Diversity with wild flowers areas and perhaps planting fruit and vegetables amongst the flowers can also gain a few points.
h. Good maintenance and perhaps all year round gardens can gain a few more points.

On the whole a good all round garden, which looks as though the people of Ross-on-Wye care for their environment, gets recognition with an award.

The Heart of England judges will be visiting Ross in July, the date is yet to be arranged. This is a great opportunity for everybody to show off their town and encourage visitors to return, year after year.

Litter, graffiti and fly posting is a very serious problem in Ross. Everyone is encouraged to help Ross-in-Bloom by removing these eyesores when they see them.

This year, Ross-in-Bloom are encouraging shops and businesses to join in the 'History of Ross Shops' project as well as dressing their windows with a festive air. Perhaps you may have bunting or flags you can put outside your premises for the summer months if you cannot put out baskets or containers.

If you would like further information on anything relating to Ross-in-Bloom or if you would like to offer help in some way please contact Mary on 01989 563956 before 8pm or Margaret Lucas at Lucas Motorcycles in Brookend Street. Help in any form, not necessarily plant orientated, will be most welcome. If you can spare just one hour a day or even just one hour per month, your help will be greatly appreciated.

Competitions at Ross Golf Club

The Winston Wildsmith Trophy was played on a beautiful sunny day in wonderful conditions. Nesta Hirst was a somewhat late entry to the competition as she joined her husband and 77 other competitors, where she was one of only 8 ladies playing in the competition. Her game had a few ups and downs, some holes she scored very well and others she would rather forget. However she finished her round with an excellent score of 39 points to win the Trophy. A great success for Nesta and a triumph for the ladies!

The Ladies section met on Tuesday for their first trophy competition of the season, The Little Weston Shield, which was donated in memory of Mrs Strong, ladies secretary for many years and a past Lady Captain.

The competition was medal play and 70 ladies entered. The course proved quite challenging as it is now very dry, so the ball was behaving very differently. The greens were in very good condition and some were very quick but the ball just did not seem to want to go in the hole. The Little Weston Shield winner was Sheila Ludlow with a net score of 69 with Victoria Flowers in second place with a net 71. Third place went to Denise Laird who scored 72 net.

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important stations around the country which regularly sends data to the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice per day by husband and wife team, June and Rex Swallow.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 16th April 2007
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 5.0 8.0 11.7 11.4 9.8 10.0 4.6
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 0 0 0 Trace
Rainfall (inches) 0 0 0 0 0 0 Trace
Maximum Temperature (C) 19 16 17 19 19 21 19
Maximum Temperature (F) 66 61 63 66 66 70 66
Minimum Temperature (C) 12 7 3 3 4 7 8
Minimum Temperature (F) 54 45 37 37 39 45 46
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 58 56 57 55 54 55 57


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