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Folkestone Flower Power

flowering up Folkestone

Folkestone Flower Power needs
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Folkestone Flower Power is all about a group of residents getting together to raise money for flowering up Folkestone and regenerating its lost reputation as one of the most beautiful resorts along the South East coast.

They began in 2014 by restoring the floral baskets on the lamp posts along the Leas. More and more people have come to appreciate them and realise what they have been missing. The group is intending to expand out in to the rest of Folkestone and encourage people to look at how their local areas can be enhanced with flowers.

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Folkestone Leas floral displays

Folkestone Flower Power raises funds to have 66 flower baskets on 33 lamp posts right along Folkestone’s famous Leas during the summer, and is part of the Floral Folkestone initiative.

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Our Supporters & Sponsors

The money for this year's baskets came from the generous donations of local residents, businesses, hotels, councilors and Folkestone town Council.

See list of our Sponsors
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Help us continue our work

In anticipation that you have enjoyed the baskets in the past four years and would like them to continue and to expand in to the rest of Folkestone with flower beds, please donate or join our sponsors.

Folkestone Flower Power
Spring 2020

We who live on the Leas are so lucky, because we can easily take our daily exercise along said Leas, and witness the fabulous flower beds and planters full of spring colour, along by the LCH and elsewhere. The Leas grass has had its second cut and looks great. The loverly perfume from the Hyacinth's in the beds is really strong and worth a visit. Folkestone needs to bounce back fast after Coronavirus lock down period, and assets like The Leas…….. flower planters and beds, and flower displays around the town, will massively help get Folkestone back on track and busy. Visitors love The Leas……. And so do we.

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IN THIS YEAR OF 2020


Never to be forgotten I think by the time it is ended.


Also, not to be forgotten I am sure, are the displays of flower beds and tubs around the town that are beginning to appear, as you will see from this years photos. The parks department team have pulled out the stops and the colours are eyecatching. Thanks must go to them and to FHDC for making available extra funds over the next five years to enable them to achieve these great displays.

Next up, literally we hope, will be the hanging baskets along The Leas. By the time they appear, should be the end of May beginning of June, we will be only too glad to have all this colour to brighten our lives.

The reason for Flower Power's existence and the ensuing hanging baskets was because, one year they disappeared with no explanation. Suddenly they just weren't there. After a bit of hard work gathering in some funding they re-appeared three years later and have continued ever since with funding from businesses, residents and Town Council and FHDC councillor's ward grants.

Now FHDC have taken back the responsibility of providing them. However, we must not forget all those who have supported Flower Power right from the beginning and we are very grateful to them. We will not dissappear and will continue to raise funds to brighten up the town even more. It is noticeable that a number of businesses automatically put baskets and tubs outside their premises and what a difference it makes. Thank you to them. We have listed them on our supporters page, follow the link below and you can see who they are.

Flower Power Supporters

FOLKESTONE
FLOWER POWER

Is all about a group of residents getting together to raise money for flowering up Folkestone and regenerating its lost reputation as one of the most beautiful resorts along the South East coast.

We began in 2014 by restoring the floral baskets on the lamp posts along the Leas. More and more people have come to appreciate them and realise what they have been missing. The group is now intending to expand out in to the rest of Folkestone and encourage people to look at how their local areas can be enhanced with flowers. We welcome your support and backing!

What's new?


INTERESTNG NEWS FROM A LOCAL COMMUNITY HOP FARM


For those who like their beer, local style, you may be interested in the new project from our neighbours in Hythe Environmental Group. They have started a local Hop Farm but not all in one place. They have 60 growers with patches on allotments to tubs outside the front door and the reason we are including this news is because five of the growers live in Folkestone. Its a community project akin to our Flower Power sponsors, who know a good thing when they see it.

How does it eventually get to be a jolly good beer? Well, after being nursed and cosseted until those amazing aromatic cones appear, they will be cut down and the cones picked off to be taken to a central point, as close to the brewery as possible.

The cones or flowers from all the various grower will then all be combined and sent off to, or collected by the brewer. All this has to be timed to perfection in one day. The weather has to be right, the flowers must be ready and there must be lots of volunteers. No problem there I should think as a good sup of beer will be formost in people's minds. All this, of course, will generate an excuse for lots of merriment and anticipation of the next step, which will be even more merriment and fun when the newly brewed green beer comes back, and all those who laboured to produce it will get their reward. What could be more communal than that.

This is the project's first year. Anyone who wishes to grow a few hops themselves and learn how to be part of this group can find it via the link below. We might increase five in Folkestone this year to ten next year. I don't think we would get away with a row of hops growing up the lamp posts along The Leas. Would we? STOP PRESS! We have another grower in Folkestone bring the number to six. This could catch on.

Hythe Community Hop Farm

Folkestone Festival Programme for 2019

The program for the Folkestone Festival has been unveiled with a selection of events on and around the Leas and at the Leas Bandstand.
Please help show them your support ! Click on the link below to see the full program :

Folkestone Festival 2019

Help us put the bloom back into 'Folkestone in Bloom'

It's been great this summer walking around Folkestone and seeing how many local businesses are helping to put the bloom back into Folkestone. Please have a look at our gallery page to see photos of some of the businesses that we've noticed doing their part and residents too, helping brighten up their patch of Folkestone.

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Sponsors & Supporters

Thank you for your support of Flower Power and our aim to re-gain Folkestone’s reputation as “Floral Folkestone”. All the flower baskets along whole length of The Leas are in full bloom and looking splendid. Well done to the council for keeping them watered and alive during recent very dry period. The big banners showing the sponsors names are up and flowers are in full bloom. join our sponsors
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news & events


This show from the 25th to 27th May 2019 will feature over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. The features of the show include the floral marquees with their stunning floral displays including medal winners from Chelsea. The garden exhibitors have all manner of gardening goods for sale and include over sixty nurseies.

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The program for the Folkestone Festival has been unveiled with a selection of events on and around the Leas and at the Leas Bandstand.

Please help show them your support ! Click on the link below to see the full program :


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On Saturday 13th July, a new event will be introduced at Folkestone’s Famous Bandstand on The Leas with a Vintage Festival and Music Day taking place, to recognise the 120 years the Bandstand has been in place and to mark it’s importance to the town.


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Join our Sponsors & Donors !


Our sponsoring businesses know happy, cheerful, people spend more time and money in our town! So come along Folkestone residents and businesses, please make a donation. Contact us to learn more about how to become a sponsor of The Folkestone Flower Power, or make a donation now via the link below: