How Exmouth in Bloom is funded:
- For many years Exmouth Town Council have allocated Exmouth in Bloom a very generous grant which helps to cover the costs of the seasonal bedding. The grant runs for three years and was last renewed in April 2017.
- 17 businesses within the town contribute to the provision of 50 hanging baskets and troughs
- 38 local businesses sponsor the Exmouth in Bloom calendar by placing advertisements which cover the total cost of printing.
- The Grapevine sponsors the 9 planters in Manchester Road
- Crealy Adventure Park sponsors the planted roundabout at the end of Marine Way, which Exmouth in Bloom maintains.
- Renaissance Choir and Birds and Bees sponsor the Library beds.
- A new boat in the Strand, ‘Spirit of the Exe’ is sponsored by Community Transport
- Exmouth Rotary Club sponsor 7 of the boats situated on Marine Way and the wall planters in Imperial Road.
- Mountlands Language School and Ladies Inner Wheel sponsor our planters in the Magnolia Centre.
- Mountlands, World of Country Life, Market Carpets and Thompson Jenner sponsor advertisments in our beds.
- The Friends scheme now has 232 members and 10 businesses. This contributes ever increasing amounts annually, a large proportion of which is donations sent over and above the membership contribution. More than £2286 has been raised by Friends in 2017. The Friends scheme pays for the planting of tiered planters and numerous troughs around town.
- Exmouth in Bloom holds fundraising stalls throughout the year, in and around the town. Plants are raised by volunteers and donated to the plant stalls. We support the Transplant Awareness Day, Armed Forces Day, Carnival Fun Day, West Country Traditions Day and The Christmas Fayre.
- Annual Quiz evening
- New and ongoing from 2017 is a monthly plant stall at The Repair Café in Tower Street Methodist Church.
- Bi-annually a street collection is held in the Magnolia Centre.
- Exmouth in Bloom produces a calendar which is on sale at local businesses throughout the town.
- Revenue is also raised from making shopping and vegetable bags from recycled fabric.
- Also marmalade and chutney, greetings cards, Teddy clothes and various painted decorative items
- Exmouth in Bloom produces packs of notelets depicting Exmouth’s floral displays.
- The calendars, shopping bags and notelets are on sale at all of our plant sales and contact numbers are displayed in town for people to contact us if they wish to make a purchase at other times.
- Exmouth Tourist Information Centre supports our presence in the town
- The Town Team with Town Council has funded the local community Swan Project, led by Exmouth in Bloom
- Exmouth in Bloom has benefitted from Tesco Bags for Life scheme, which supports projects in the local community. We are very grateful for this donation.
- Marks and Spencer Foodhall has been supportive and appreciative of the EiB floral displays that frame its building.
If you are interested in becoming a donor or sponsor, please contact us via this website.
How funds are used:
- Buying plants: Winter and Summer bedding for colour. Perennials for long-term sustainable planting and for structure.
- Buying products to support the plants: compost, slow release fertilizer, water retaining gel.
- Watering: labour costs and water costs.
- Maintenance of equipment for watering: batteries, charger, pump, barrels and hose reels.
- One-off costs: eg. standpipe installation, gazebo, safety signs.
- Catering and associated expenses for Judging Day and the Garden Competition Presentation Evening.
- Variable costs: High visibility jackets and our signature blue tee shirts which are supplied to volunteers to identify us as a group. Also paint, renovating materials, advertising and signage.
- Production of EiB Notecards.
- Stationery, printing and postage costs associated with running Exmouth in Bloom.
- Public liability insurance.
- Entry fees, eg South West in Bloom Competition entry, plant stall fees
- Costs associated with Friends, eg printing of newsletters.
- Upgrading of various items, eg replacing wire hanging baskets with reservoir baskets to reduce our watering requirements.
- Maintenance and replacement of items in every day use.
Supporters of Exmouth in Bloom 2018
245 Friends of Exmouth in Bloom
30+ volunteer workers
B J Toye
Birds and Bees
Bloom Hearing Specialists
Circle of Care
Co-op (Brixington Parade)
Crews & Son
Devon Wildlife Trust
Devon Wildlife Garden
East Devon District Council
Exmouth Bed & Pine
Exmouth Indoor Market
Exmouth Rugby Club
Exmouth Town Council
Exmouth and District Funeral Service
R W Gegg and Sons
Greenfingers Garden Centre
Haldon House Surgery
Dave Percy (Watering services)
Kings Garden & Leisure
Let’s Fry Away (Brixington)
Living and Lifestyle (Brixington)
LLP Financial and Taxation Advisors
Martineau Chiropractic Clinic
Manor Lodge Care Home
Marks and Spencer
Mountlands English Language School
PCS Premier Community Services
Porky Down Butchers
Railway Station (First Great Western)
Repair Café at Tower Street Church
Rotary (Exmouth and District)
Roswell Court Residents
Sheridan House Care Home
South West Water
St Bridget’s Nursery
Summerleaze Residential Home
Tythe Cottage Restaurant
Urban & Rural Plants, Exeter
Whitton & Laing
World of Country Life