Immortalised on BBC 2 Britain in Bloom, Lytham in Blooms “Green Man” now has a proper name.
Herbert as he is now known, will take up his usual place on the bench outside Phil’s Bakery the week after Lytham Club Day.
During the filming, Chis Bavin from BBC TV asked what he was called and Trevor replied “We call him the Green Man.” It was then that we realised that” The Green Man” needed a name. No more will judge Bill Blackledge have to sit next to him and say “Hello my old mate.” He can now call him Herbert.
Lytham in Bloom devised a competition for local children. Park View4U, Lytham Scouts, Lytham C of E, Lytham Hall Park and St Peter’s schools were all asked which name they preferred. Herbert was a clear winner.
All three of the above mentioned schools along with the Scouts are involved in Lytham in Bloom’s bid for the 2018 RHS North West in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions. Between them the schools and scouts can boast a woodland garden, new raised beds for flowers and vegetables, a giant sunflower competition, an orchard, nesting boxes, an allotment garden and a Bee day.
Constructed from over 1600 individual plants, Herbert, came out of hibernation on May 14th. Supervised by Trevor, Lytham in Bloom volunteers re-built Herbert from scratch. Improved materials were incorporated which should aid water retention. Each of the 1600 plants has to be inserted individually into the horticultural structure. That task alone takes several hours.
The intricate water feed on Herbert was the cause of much amusement on the TV Programme as Chris Bavin likened it to some sort of medical procedure. Herbert needs watering regularly and Lytham in Bloom undertakes this task throughout Herbert’s summer holiday.
Herbert will once more star in Lytham in Blooms quest for yet another gold medal in this year’s “In Bloom” competitions. Lytham are entered in both North West in Bloom and Britain in Bloom for 2018. Sponsored by INENCO, Herbert recalls the shrimping industry which once thrived in Lytham. Along with two exhibits in Lowther Gardens, the bronze statue in the pond and the wicker shrimper in the flower bed, Herbert helps ensure that the shrimping tradition once enjoyed in Lytham is not forgotten.
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