NORTHAMPTON IN BLOOM
From 2016 to 2019 we took part in Northampton in Bloom - mostly with our ShoePlant initiative but also guerilla gardening around St Giles. We look forward to taking part again when Bloom resumes.
2019 we won Gold and the Judges Award from East Midlands in Bloom - working with Northampton BID - an ambitious target of 100 pairs of ShoePlants for the Business Community.
2018 we were awarded Gold in Northampton in Bloom - we started working with Northampton BID and providing ShoePlants for Shops & Offices in St Giles
2017 we got Gold in Northampton in Blook and the Best Community Group Award
2016 our first attempt - we were awarded Silver Gilt
MAKE YOUR OWN SHOEPLANTS
LOCATION: Indoors or outside - do you have a wall, railing or shop window that could be a home for a ShoePlant? Here are our top tips for making your own green tribute to our shoe town heritage.
THE SHOE: Here you get to be as creative as you like - shoes, boots, trainers, wellies - the main thing is to choose shoes with a close toe (otherwise the soil falls out). We raid cupboards for unwanted shoes and sometimes buy them from charity shops. We like the colourful ones best...but it’s up to you - it’s your ShoePlant.
THE PLANT: We use succulents in our shoes. They survive all season outside on just rain (they would be even happier if you gave them some water). You can choose different plants - maybe a cactus in a warm sunny indoor space. Just think of the shoe as a plant pot.
OUTDOOR SPACES: If you are planting somewhere a bit more public, we suggest securing shoes with cable ties before you plant them.
PLANTING: Fill your shoe with general compost allowing enough space for your plans. We have found that it is not necessary to drill holes for drainage – she use tend to be a little leaky anyway.
CARE: The amount of attention your plant needs will depend mostly on location. In a sunny shop window you may need to water frequently. Outdoors you may not need to water at all.