Edition 19: March 2010.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
At last the dreadful weather appears to be behind us and now it is all a mad rush to get things moving for the spring.
Although we are not entering the National Competition this year we are still in South West in Bloom and we have to put on a good show for the town.
I hope you all had a chance to see the new snowdrops we planted near the Scout Hut on Streamside Walk. They were late to appear but were so pretty when they did. Look out for the Bluebells which are poking through and are usually in flower about mid April. There were also Snowdrops in Rock Street Gardens and there are Mini Daffodils up by the allotments that are new this year.
We have some fund-raising events planned and perhaps you could put these dates in your diaries:
PLANT STALL- Saturday 1st May [next to the Town Hall]. We really welcome donations of plants which can be brought to the stall on the morning of the 1st or to Thornbury Garden Shop for safe-keeping before that date. Please then encourage lots of people to come and purchase plants too. We are holding it a bit later than normal this year in the hope of warmer weather!
GARDENERS EVENING - Wednesday 19th May at Old Down Country Park. We have been invited to hold an event at the park for which we are very thankful and have a good evening planned. Tickets will be £10 each but will allow free entry to the park from 6pm to view all the wonderful new work and projects that are being undertaken there. The Café and Farm Shop will be open and the ticket includes the price of a coffee and selected cake. However why rush having your tea when you can sample the other delights they have there?!
The evening then proceeds with a fascinating talk about the history of Old Down and surrounding area.
We then have a presentation by Penny Dommett of Plans and Plants about Garden Design which will be followed by a “Gardeners Question Time “session with some experts on hand to deal with your most difficult questions! Tickets will be on sale very soon.
Friday 15th October – Mary Payne MBE will be talking at the Cossham Hall “ Grasses and Perennials make good Partners” . Tickets will be on sale for this nearer the time.
PRACTICAL HELP REQUIRED!
We have had permission to replant the third bed in Rock Street and we have funding to do so in Memory of Mrs Ann Pike. We first need volunteers to help clear out the old shrubs and a working party is planned for Easter Bank Holiday Monday at 10am. Please let me or Sue Trowell know if you can help. Many hands will make light work. You will need a good pair of gloves and cutting and digging tools!
We would also like to put together a weed-busters and dead-heading team to keep the town spick and span from June until August- if you could volunteer for this fairly light work we would love to hear from you. I would like to see some individuals take on responsibility for a small area close to their home or place of work.
“It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards” Last year we had 6 successful entries of groups of individuals who band together to improve a small area of land for the community good. We have several new groups already thinking of entering but if you would like to know more or would like to join in – please also get in touch.
We have had some generous donations this year but still need some more sponsors for our work. If you would like to help there is a donation form on www.thornburyinbloom.co.uk.
Or please get in touch to discuss sponsorship of larger projects.
For more information or to offer help, support or ideas or to subscribe to this newsletter please contact Sue Aitken, Thornbury In Bloom. Tel: 01454 419350 or email
If you would like to talk over an idea please talk to any member of our “In Bloom Team” or call into Thornbury Garden Shop to see Sue Aitken or the Town Hall to see Sue Horsfall.