Spondon in Bloom

Welcome to the page for Spondon in Bloom. You can find information from previous years here.

Spondon Social Safari 2017

Spondon’s annual Social Safari will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th July. As before, the “safari stops” will open at varying times so you should be able to see them all!

This year, the Mayor pf Derby, Councillor John Whitby will be officially opening the Safari at 10am on the Saturday in the Sensory Garden on Chapel Street.

The Sensory Garden will include a new feature for this year’s Safari – a scarecrow trail, with contributions from Spondon’s Guides and Brownies. There are many other scarecrows around the village for you to spot.

These, and all the open gardens, are detailed in the free programme. This are now available from the Library, as well as Housleys Chemists, Mark Davis Opticians, Cherry Tree Framers, Spondon News and Spondon Hardware.There is also an online version here. For those who are adept at such things there is also a Facebook page.

As ever, you will not be short of refreshment at the open gardens and there will be a wide variety of displays, stalls and entertainment for all ages. Participants are supporting a wide variety of good causes and will also be making a contribution to the Village Improvement Committee, who organise the event, with sterling efforts by Mel Griffiths.

This is a great social event in Spondon’s calendar and we hope that the weather will encourage you to get out and meet your fellow residents!


Dale Road Park

The final phase of the improvements planned by the Village Improvement Committee is the installation of an information board. This was made possible by a generous donation from Severn Trent Water. The official unveiling took place on Wednesday 3rd June, performed by Peter Berry, who had lived in the old Army huts on the site in his childhood. We also heard from Jon Beeson of Severn Trent. (In the photograph, Jon Beeson is on the left, derek Hathaway and Peter Berry behind the board. Pupils of Asterdale School, who contributed to the design, are in front of the board.

The following article appeared in the May 2014 issue of SCAN.

After the successful official unveiling of the toposcope in July 2013, the Village Improvement committee and City Council have continued to make improvements over the last 10 months. The final stage of the project will (funding permitting) complete this summer with the installation of an information board.
Rather than a conventional text-based board, the plan is to use one with a selection of audio files, each explaining some aspect of the Park. As well as giving more capacity for information, this will be in keeping with the “tactile” toposcope, to give accessibility to those with sight impairments. The VIC funded Lynn Chambers (who worked with schools last year to produce some of the toposcope designs) for a day in Asterdale School, to provide graphic elements for the information board.

Over the past few months, the Parks Department have conducted a “deep clean” (of all Spondon parks) as well as resurfacing the main path down to the southern boundary. We have also moved the “Jubilee planters” on to Dale Road itself, where we hope they will be less prone to vandalism.

With the help of a Neighbourhood Board grant, the Village Improvement Committee have organised an extension to the base of the toposcope to provide some extra protection to the motifs designed by local school pupils. With the same grant, the Parks Department were commissioned to prepare part of the ground for sowing wildflowers. Pupils from Borrow Wood School provided the labour (as shown here). In keeping with the centenary of the start of the First World War, the flower mix includes poppies.