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Believe it or not Britain in Bloom will be celebrating its golden jubilee in 2014 and everyone at the Royal Horticultural Society, the body that organises Britain in Bloom, wants to make it a special year.
What does this mean for Thornbury in Bloom? Well we have been invited to enter the National competition of Britain in Bloom. This is a great honour and is due to our outstanding record in the competition!
Watch this space for more information.
But I would also like to summarise how 2013 turned out for Thornbury in Bloom.
In summary 2013 saw us once again in the regional competitions. Having achieved a gold medal in the National Champion of Champions in 2012 this is simply the way the competition works.
So, how did 2013 unfold? Firstly the weather was still having an impact; we first had to deal with the coldest March for 50 years thus delaying the onset of spring. As it turned out, I am not sure if spring actually occurred, we seemed to go straight from winter to summer, but what a summer it was!
Thornbury was judged on 17th July a wonderfully sunny day. The weather in the run up was equally hot and sunny, not ideal conditions in which to prepare the town. Not ideal conditions in which to prepare the town, but, such is our resolve we all saw it as another challenge to overcome!
As I began to take the judges round the route any sense of trepidation about what they would think was quickly overtaken with a sense of pride. The town looked a picture, several people have told me the town had never looked better.
As you doubtless know our efforts paid off when we picked up the gold award and best in class cup at the Regional Awards Ceremony in Truro in September. The feedback from the judges was extremely complimentary, the sense of enthusiasm from everybody they met reinforced how proud we all are of our town.
Thornbury in Bloom is supported by so many individuals, community groups and businesses in the town.
You all make the Thornbury in Bloom project such an enjoyable one in which to participate, so to you all I would like to say a big “Thank you”. We all look forward to an equally successful golden 2014!
Guy Rawlinson, Chairman, Thornbury in Bloom
Click here to read the report given to Thornbury in Bloom's 2013 Annual General Meeting by the Chair, Guy Rawlinson.
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:
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!
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.
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.