Picturesque village

Coniston’s Channel Four document on village life

CONISTON was the most beautiful village in Cumbria in 2003.

It was so bursting with color that the judges of Cumbria in Bloom named the Great Tourist Village of the Year.

The judges were particularly impressed with Coniston’s hanging baskets and pub planters.

The Coniston in Bloom Group, local volunteers with green hands, have worked tirelessly to transform the village.

A recycling program had been initiated and vacant lots were continually being turned into gardens to improve landscaping.

The Orchard House Guest House at Yewdale Road and the Fire Station also won in their respective categories for the quality of their gardens.

A pioneering community group took over the task of running the Coniston Tourist Information Center in 2006.

They hoped it would become a showcase for the village and provide an important service.

The community group had obtained permission from the Lake District National Park Authority to manage the center, one of three closed by the authority.

Coniston TIC Ltd was a not-for-profit company made up of local businessmen, which aimed to meet the demands of 200,000 visitors per year.

Its chairman was Philip Johnson of Coppermines and Lakes Cottages. He said the volunteers make an exceptional contribution to welcoming visitors to the village and the region as a whole.

Also in 2006, television cameras were installed to capture community life in Coniston.

A film crew was going to make a documentary for Channel 4 showing the interactive social life of the village.

Spare Time was shot in June for a summer screening.

Coniston Councilor Anne Hall said: “Channel 4 was looking for a village where community life was still very interactive and they came to Coniston and were in awe of what they saw.”

In 2009, Italian dignitaries from Solto Collina traveled to Coniston to officially link the two sites.

The picturesque town, near Lake Garda, would become Coniston’s second twinning – who had been linked with Illiers-Combray in France for 12 years.

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