Heart of England in Bloom Project 2018

Whittington and Fisherwick is a combined parish of around 2600 souls, c. 300 in Whittington and c. 300 in Fisherwick. It lies 3 miles east of Lichfield and is under the political jurisdiction of Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council. It also has an active Parish Council with 10 members.

The Village has recently approved a Neighbourhood Plan, whose production was led by the Parish Council with input from other residents. The plan  includes policies which place a strong emphasis on preserving and improving wildlife and the parish environment generally including its built environment heritage.

The Parish is delighted to be entering Heart of England in Bloom for the first time. We do this with some trepidation because much of our environmental work has not been of the conventional kind!

The central core of our entry is linked to the River of Flowers (RoF) project. This began in 2014, initiated by Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group, However it would not have happened without the with the support of, above all, the Parish Council and also many other village groups including our Parish Church, the Village Hall Committee, Whittington School, St Giles Hospice, our Youth Organisations, WI and History Society plus local businesses.

The partnership between the Parish Council and WFEG has been central to what has been achieved under RoF.

The Council are the landowners in both instances and have given boundless support and encouragement to the project as well as a great deal of financial support through the Parish Community Grant Scheme and the Solar Fund.