imberland is a village in North Kesteven, set in a patchwork of fields in the wetlands of the Lincolnshire Fens. It is believed that Timberland was a medieval village and possibly a small market town. In 1801 the population was 751 and like many parts of Lincolnshire grew quickly at this time reaching 1,649 in 1841. It quickly declined and in 1901 there were 447 people living in the village.
The parish church is St Andrews with parish records dating back to 1563. The village hall is the centre of village activities. There is a primary and middle school for local children. The Anglican church of St Andrew’s seats around 200 people. There is a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the village, and small guest houses and country public houses in the surrounding area. The village pub is the Penny Farthing.
Timberland has not entered in recent years, but has had a good deal of success in the past. The village was in Class I of the competition and has won the competition six times in total, in 1963, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1987 and 1990. It have also come second four times and third once.
There was quite a lot of work involved in getting ready for the competition, initially the Parish Council had a meeting and then met with a local farmer who agreed to donate money for flowers, we met with another local gentleman who was handy with woodwork and he made us a number of boxes and we got some money from the Parish Council to buy soil to put in the boxes. We grew flowers in these boxes put them around the village and different members of the community agreed to look after them
– Jerry Speirs
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