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How to contact Thornbury in Bloom
To join the committee, please contact .
To enter your home/shop in the Thornbury in Bloom competition, please collect an entry form from Thornbury Garden Shop or T & J Owens Florist during the Spring.
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Chairman's Report 2013
Click here to read the report given to Thornbury in Bloom's 2013 Annual General Meeting by the Chair, Guy Rawlinson.
Thank you to all the bulb planters!
Autumn 2013 has seen two very successful bulb planting sessions.
A number of volunteers made the most of a break in the weather to plant a stretch of bulbs on the town side of Morton Way near Osprey Park.
Then students from both Castle and New Siblands Schools came along to help, planting more bulbs on the same side of Morton Way, this time between Osprey Park and Swallow Park.
Then to keep the bulb planting party going, a group of In Bloom supporters and committee members came to help. So we spent another session planting more daffodils extending the same line along Morton Way.
We have now planted a whole swathe of daffodils, which come the spring will be a host of golden daffodils that I am sure would have pleased William Wordsworth if he were able to see them!
It was great to see so many people supporting part of our autumn planting programme.
Guy Rawlinson, Chair
Good news again this year for Thornbury - we have maintained our excellent record and were awarded a Gold Medal for 2013 and also the Sargeant Cup for being the best entry in our class!
In addition we were nominated in four categories:
- Best Pub - The Anchor Dave Cox
- Best Non-Municipal Floral Display - Jack Ashton's Garden: The Pound
- Best Portfolio [the brochure we give to the judges describing the year's work]
- Best Environmental Project - The Community Composters
Congratulations to everyone involved- not just Guy Rawlinson and his team - but all of YOU who support in Bloom in any way large or small - it all helps and you are all part of our team!
A Treemendous Future!
One of the most important parts of the In Bloom competition is long term planting, and over the last few years several people have funded a tree in Thornbury as either a memorial for loved ones or as a business or society sponsorship.
The cost of a tree can be between £200 and £350 depending on the size of the tree and the variety.
If you, as an individual or as a representative of a business or community group, would like to discuss sponsoring a tree please get in touch with Judith Hurford our Tree Warden on 01454 414074 or .
The photo shows Judith Hurford and Guy Rawlinson, Chair of the Town Council Environment Committee and Chair of Thornbury in Bloom.
Judith Hurford heads a group of volunteers in Thornbury called the Tree Strategy Group, which has been recognised by Britain in Bloom for its contribution to Thornbury's green heritage, planting trees in many locations over the last five years.
About Thornbury in Bloom
We all enjoy the floral displays that brighten up Thornbury each Summer. Imaginative floral creations welcome us as we enter the town, and hanging baskets and tubs create colourful splashes throughout the town centre.
For this we have to thank the Thornbury in Bloom Committee - a group of volunteers who raise money each year to fund the displays, and work hard to plant up the various containers.
Their efforts make Thornbury an attractive place for locals and visitors.
Thornbury's green-fingered experts are closely involved; Jean Owen from J&T Owen florists decorates the Parish Pump as well as other containers throughout Thornbury, and Sue Aitken from Thornbury Garden Shop fills upturned putchers - these used to be used for catching fish on the River Severn and provide a visual link with Thornbury's heritage.
You'll find the putchers around Rock Street, the allotments and at Thornbury Garden Shop.
It's not just those of us who live locally who appreciate the effort and skill that goes into creating the floral displays. The Thornbury in Bloom committee enters the Britain in Bloom competition, and regularly wins awards.
Prizes are awarded locally to businesses: pubs, shops and even industrial units take part.
There are also local prizes for private gardens, and everyone is encouraged to take part. There are certificates and garden vouchers to be won!
Each Spring the Thornbury in Bloom committee holds a Thornbury in Bloom Day, with plant stalls and collections, culminating with an evening event, which in the past has involved presentations by Chelsea Gold Medal winners such as Jekka McVicar and Leyhill Prison.