A retired teacher has gone straight to the top of the class – for her determination to put a Wyre village on the Britain in Bloom map.
Netta Parker is the driving force behind Catterall’s first entry in the Britain in Bloom contest.
She admits it was retirement was the spur for her to get involved in the project.
She said: “I retired two years ago as an infant teacher at Forton Primary School. I was there a long time and I ran a gardening club there with the children and it was absolutely wonderful.
“They were fabulous little gardeners.
“When I retired I was looking for something to do. A neighbour,a parish councillor, suggested I look after a couple of planters in the village. That grew and grew and sparked something off.”
Netta says village lengthsman Tim Hoyles is a “superhero” and “inspiration” when it comes to matters horticultural locally and has had a key role in helping with the work to create a new garden area at Stone Cross Gardens ,off Cock Robin Lane.
She said: “It’s now a garden with vegetables and new plants and the village notice board has been located there.
“There will be pollinating plants for bees and vegetables for anyone who wants to help themselves.
“It’s mostly potatoes and leeks and carrots and a few beans, but it’s the start – that’s the important thing.”
She also paid tribute to the parish council which has funded nine big new self -watering planters made of recycled material and the many local businesses from the nearby industrial estate at Claughton who have also sponsored the Catterall entry.
Advice has also been provided by Garstang in Bloom’s former chairman Norah Hoyles who was a guest speaker at one of the first meetings of the newly-formed local gardening club. Now Netta, who moved to Catterall in 1989, is urging fellow residents to join the drive now to make their locality even more blooming beautiful before the RHS visit on July 24.
The judging route will take in the village hall, Cock Robin Lane, Stones Lane, the Stone Cross Gardens and Duckworth Drive and the contest’s special theme this year is “Turning grey into green”.
She said: “This is the crucial time now to get front gardens looking lovely.”
Netta and husband, retired university lecturer Geoff, live on Stones Lane and she revealed that Stones Lane is also entering the neighbourhood section of Britain In Bloom.
If you’d like more information or to help the Catterall in Bloom entry call Netta on (01995) 605385.